Hugging, touching and stroking have long been known to exude positive effects on relationships. Now, research shows that 'touch' can work like magic to relieve stress, reduce pain and forge everlasting bonds. And, just four hugs a day with your spouse holds the secret to a happy marriage. Scientists revealed that women experienced an anesthetic effect with a mere sight of their partner. Further, holding the hand of a loved could reduce pain and have a calming effect during distress. As part of the study, 25 volunteers who were going steady with their boyfriends for atleast 6 months, were subjected to mild burns, as they viewed photos of their boyfriends. Subjects reported less pain and discomfort when they viewed photos of their boyfriends. During another test, a reasonably painful heat stimulus was applied to forearms of volunteers. When they held the hand of their partners or viewed their photos, volunteers experienced less pain and discomfort. According to educational Psychologist Dr Ludwig Lowenstein, four hugs a day is the secret to a happy marriage. Exclusive dinner dates with the partner, giving gifts, and romantic walks, also figured as significant factors for a happy marriage. Source: Medindia << Blood Vessels can be Grown in Lab for Human Surgery Relapse Rate of C. Diff Infection Reduced by Drug >> Recommended Reading Filipinos Urged To Avoid Hugging, Kissing Over Flu Fear Philippine health authorities have urged people to avoid hugging and kissing at public gatherings due to worries about a possible global pandemic of the deadly swine flu virus. READ MORE Divorce: Pros and Cons Divorce can be traumatic for children and create a sense of insecurity amongst them. Couples should realize that joined parenting is important even after divorce. READ MORE How to Save your marriage You can save your marriage - even when your partner insists on a divorce. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Vent Forte (Theophylline) Find a Hospital Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) More News on: How to Save your marriageDivorce: Pros and ConsIs Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?