May 12th, 2010 17:38 EST
Study: Nothing Relieves Stress Like A Call To Mom
"According to a new study, talking on the phone with Mom is nearly as good as getting a hug for helping stressed-out kids calm down.
At least for young girls, talking on the phone with their mothers reduces a key stress hormone and also releases oxytocin, a feel-good brain chemical that is believed to play a key role in forming bonds, the study found.
The findings bring to mind the 1980s ad campaign for AT&T that urged people to `reach out and touch someone,` says one of the study`s authors, Seth D. Pollak, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison."
When young girls text or call their friends, they always have to be on guard, and be sure that they use the latest slang. But girls know that good old mom doesn`t care if they aren`t cool. A daughter can be herself with her mom, and talk about things that really matter in life.
Sixty-one girls, ages 7 to 12, participated in the study. But it`s girls and boys of all ages who benefit from hearing mom`s loving and non-judgmental voice. As an adult I lived in California, and my mother lived in Virginia, but we kept in touch every week.
After a rough day at the office some men go to the bar for a drink, or visit a prostitute, but I would always call my mom when I felt low.
It`s unfortunate that Mothers Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving are the only days that some men call mom.
Feeling a bit depressed? Put down that bottle of Valium, rip up that number for an escort service, and call your mother, it will make both of you feel better.
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