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Study finds that the heart beats of older couples sync when they are together


When the Bible talks about marriage, it often uses the term ‘one flesh’ in describing this unique relationship.

In fact, this very term was used in the second chapter of Genesis, after God introduced Eve to her husband Adam:

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 NIV)

Well, there may be more to this description than we realize.

Researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that the heart beats of couples who have been together for several years will suddenly sync when they are close together.

They came to this conclusion after studying ten married heterosexual couples, who had been in a relationship for 14 to 65 years and were between 64 and 88 years of age.

And it varied.

Sometimes the husband’s heart beat would sync with his wife’s and other times, it was the wife’s heart who synced with her husband’s.

University of Illinois professor, Brian Ogolsky, described it this way:

This suggests a delicate balance.”

When one partner triggers the other partner, they start a unique couple-level dance that affects their physiology and their patterns throughout the day.

READ: Two hearts beat as one! Older couples subconsciously synchronise their heart rates when they are close together, study finds

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