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Painting might be the key to romance in your relationship. Baylor University research found painting with your significant other makes for a meaningful interaction.

The study recruited 20 couples between the ages of 25 and 40 to take an hour-long painting class. After, researchers found that all couples released oxytocin, “the love hormone.”

The team was surprised to see that couples were more attentive to each other than the instructor or their canvas. They bonded in a way researchers didn’t expect, finding opportunities to interact, such as encouraging each other with a “Good job.”

This study demonstrates that painting with your significant other can have a positive impact on your relationship.


Baylor University(2019, February 12). Couples Creating Art Release Oxytocin, But Men Who Paint Release the Most. NeuroscienceNews. Retrieved February 12, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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