Energized by love: Thinking about romantic relationships increases positive affect and blood glucose levels

Sarah C. E. Stanton, Lorne Campbell, Timothy J. Loving

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We assessed the impact of thinking of a current romantic partner on acute blood glucose responses and positive affect over a short period of time. Participants in romantic relationships were randomly assigned to reflect on their partner, an opposite-sex friend, or their morning routine. Blood glucose levels were assessed prior to reflection, as well as at 10 and 25 min postreflection. Results revealed that individuals in the routine and friend conditions exhibited a decline in glucose over time, whereas individuals in the partner condition did not exhibit this decline (rather, a slight increase) in glucose over time. Reported positive affect following reflection was positively associated with increases in glucose, but only for individuals who reflected on their partner, suggesting this physiological response reflects eustress. These findings add to the literature on eustress in relationships and have implications for relationship processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)990-995
JournalPsychophysiology
Volume51
Issue number10
Early online date13 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

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