Chubaw and his wife at home

It turns out that you feel more connected to and confident in a person when you synchronize even a minor movement, like the tapping of your finger, with them than if you had done so out of step. This is so that our brains don’t create a merged sensation of us and them when we see someone else do the same thing as us at the same time. We seem to have “become one.” Anyone who has ever rowed may be familiar with the feeling you get when your rowing team is in sync with you perfectly. You suddenly have a sense of belonging and being a part of something greater than just yourself. Other sociable species, such as monkeys and apes, are supported by a variety of hormones that support behaviors that promote social relationships, or “friendships.” We probably follow comparable chemical mechanisms to establish social connections. Exercise causes the release of endorphins, which are referred to as the “happy chemicals” in the brain because of their uplifting qualities. They might also have a significant chemical role in the bonding processes of humans and other primates. In reality, a cocktail of bonding chemicals, including endorphins, may be released during coordinated activities, causing humans to feel more socially connected. We were interested in finding out how synchronized and exertive aspects of dance might affect endorphin production and bonding. Since endorphin levels are difficult to measure directly, we turned to pain thresholds as a substitute

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