Doing a crossword soon after a fight with your loved one will go a long way in normalizing relations, according to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
A group of psychologists from Harvard University studied a number of couples over a period of three weeks and found that people who make more use of a part of the brain known as lateral prefrontal cortex have a stronger control over their emotions.
AdvertisementThis part of the brain is associated with problem solving and differentiating between good and bad. Researchers also suggested successful relationships are those in which a partner is not angry when they go to bed.
"What we found, as you might expect, was that everybody felt bad on the day of a conflict with their partner. But the day after, people who had high lateral prefrontal cortex activity felt better and the people who had low lateral prefrontal cortex activity continued to feel badly", lead researcher Christine Hooker said.
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