Science Says Wearing Your Lover’s Shirt Can De-Stress You
Wonder why you always feel better when you lean in close to your partner? Or why you love wearing his shirt? Somehow the scent of your lover relaxes you and gives you comfort. Well, good news is that’s an excellent way to de-stress yourself, according to science.
A study done by the researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) revealed that smelling your S.O’s clothes can help lower the levels of stress hormone cortisol in women’s blood.
Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the researchers enlisted 96 women and randomly assigned them to sniff one of three scents: their romantic partner’s, a stranger’s or something neutral.
During the experiment, each partners were made to wear their chosen t-shirt for 24 hours and frozen to retain the smell.
The participants then went through a series of tests to measure their cortisol levels. Interestingly, the research found that the group who smelled their partner’s scent had lower stress levels while the others who smelt the t-shirts worn by a stranger had significantly higher cortisol levels, in other words, became more stressed!
Lead study author and a graduate student in the UBC Department of Psychology, Marlise Hofer, said, “Many people wear their partner’s shirt or sleep on their partner’s side of the bed when their partner is away, but may not realize why they engage in these behaviors.”
She added, “Our findings suggest that a partner’s scent alone, even without their physical presence, can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress.”
Now if your S.O complains why you’re always stealing his shirts, you’ll know what to say!