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Oct 16, 2019

There’s a cocktail of chemicals swimming around in your brain in your brain when we have quality social relationships.

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[01:24] Release those endorphins with social drinking

[05:16] Endogenous opioids from social laughter

[08:36] Be your spouse’s friend!

[10:30] But have other friends, because your cortisol responds to it.

[14:45] Outtro 



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