We all know… or should know… that we cannot lie to God.
Apparently we can’t lie to ourselves either. God made us that way.
A priest friend in the great state of Texas sent this to me from Live Science:
Marriage is linked with numerous health benefits that simply cohabiting doesn’t seem to provide. Now, research suggests the reason why — the brain links “just” living together with a lack of commitment and can’t relax.
The new study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the brains of cohabitating and married heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex couples, half of whom considered themselves married despite lacking legal recognition. [I’ll hold my fire on that… keep reading.] The findings revealed that parts of the brain are less reactive to stress when somene is with a person they consider themselves married to.
“We really pay close attention to when it’s safe to let down our guard and to outsource our stress response to our social networks,” said study researcher Jim Coan, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. [I Don’t: 5 Myths About Marriage]
The findings were unexpected, Coan added: “I’m sort of freaking myself out with this research.”
What a shock!
(That pun will be funnier once you read the whole thing.)