Money Affects How We Feel Pain

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I don’t know who fits the bill for these ridiculous experiments, but it never ceases to amaze me what scientists and researchers manage to discover.

In an article on Discovery.com about how handling money could bring pain relief a study was done that shows that people who counted money before having their hands dipped in scalding water felt less pain (or didn’t seem to notice the pain as quickly) as those who were just handling paper or paperclips or nothing at all just before the test. In contrast, people who discussed 401K’s and having a lack of money were shown to feel greater pain when subjected to the same experiences.

We all know that for most people the thought of having lots of money can cause the brain to release hormones that make you feel good and happy, and dealing with financial stress or money issues will cause you to feel miserable. Since the brain controls the chemicals and hormones released to the body, then these same chemicals and hormones can damper/enhance the feeling of physical pain.

This only serves to prove that the brain and psychological influences can affect physical health, which is something that is known for quite a while.

All I know, is that I feel pain when paying my bills every month.

-Justin Germino

Updated: April 13, 2010 — 10:25 am