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healthy BALANCE

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

UK researchers have found that people with lots of friends have a higher pain tolerance. Why? Because being social releases the body’s natural painkillers: endorphins. These pleasure-boosting chemicals not only promote bonding, but they have a painkilling effect stronger than morphine. It’s long been thought that social interactions trigger endorphins, which bind to opioid receptors in the brain to up pain tolerance – and this research proves social types can handle pain better than lone wolves. That’s pain relief we’re onboard with!

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Are you feeling good? Treat yourself to the February healthy magazine, focussing on how you can start the new year looking and being your best self ever. Find 25 nutritious recipes for real happy meals – including quick and filling, goodness-packed dishes. Plus, we investigate why having fun is actually good for yourself. Get #feelgood vibes for 2017 with the new digital edition of healthy.