If you love snuggling up in your boyfriends casual oversized-hoodies or that formal button down shirt he wears to work, even if he finds it rather annoying, I would encourage you to keep doing it. A research has stated that bundling yourself up in your partners apparel has more to it then just the sentimental aura or nostalgia, its actually good for your mental well being and keeps those overwhelming emotions at bay.
THE STUDY WAS VERY EXTENSIVE.
The University of British Columbia conducted the study, where data was collected from 96 heterosexual couples who volunteered to be a part of this research. The male partners were asked to wear new t-shirts for a period of 24 hours without using any strong perspirants or perfumes, were restricted from consuming certain types of food or anything that would modify their own odor. The shirts were kept in lower temperatures to conserve their scents and random shirts were assigned to every woman as part of the experiment.
WOMEN RESPONDED TO THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS SMELL.
The study deduced that women who were able to recognize their partners peculiar odor, and held sentimental value for it had significantly reduced levels of cortisol, the hormone released during times of stress, in their bodies and appeared more satisfied and overall calm. Likewise women who smelled another man’s scent produced more cortisol in their bodies and consequently were more stressed out, this was interesting to note.
THE RESEARCHERS ARE FASCINATED BY THE RESULTS.
The first author of this study, and UBC undergrad of the Psychology department, Marlise Hofer states that numerous people all around the globe engage in habits such as donning their partners clothes or slide over in their sleep to their partners side of the bed during their absence, though most people may not realize why they indulge in these habits to begin with.
EVOLUTION HAS A ROLE TO PLAY.
Our inborn phobia related to the unknown or unseen could be the basis of the findings this study has concluded, Hover states. From a very young age, humans, especially females are taught to fear strangers and unknown people, particularly unknown men. It could be possible that the strange male odor is perceived by the brain as a harmful event which activates the body’s fight or flight reaction, causing tremendous amounts of cortisol to be released from the body. This could occur without us even fully aware of it, she states.
PEOPLE WHO ARE AWAY FROM THEIR PARTNERS COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS.
The findings of the experiment thus conclude that the distinctive fragrance of a close loved one or a significant other can significantly improve our stress levels and keep our cynical emotions at bay. Hence it is fairly justified to presume that having something nearby that has the scent of your partner, parent or child may help us cope up with their physical absence and alleviate feelings of grief and sadness. In all honesty, it is definitely worth trying out for yourself.