The Checkup: Does He Love You? Take a Blood Test
• Ah, true love in a test tube. Researchers in Israel conducted a study, which looked at the levels of the hormone oxytocin—also called the “cuddle chemical” due it its spikes during lovemaking and breastfeeding—in 163 adults in their 20s. They found that higher levels of the hormone correlated with stronger emotional connections between couples, and even predicted which couples stayed together longer, according to TIME. Unfortunately, higher levels of oxytocin were also linked to greater anxiety and obsessiveness about the relationship—which, you know, could be a bad thing if crazy stalker-types are involved.
• If you need a good cry this Thursday morning, read this: the story of a college basketball player who saw playing time in a championship game after being sidelined due to a stroke three years before. Someone hand me a tissue.
• Check this out: everything you ever wanted to know about Paleo diets—in an infographic.