If you ever need an excuse for getting together with your friends more often, here is a great one!
Getting your friends together for a good old gossip, it turns out, is good for your health. Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy found that higher levels of oxytocin, the hormone released during sex and involved in social bonding, were released after gossiping compared to a normal conversation. The idea for the study came after lead author Dr Natascia Brondino "noticed that every time my colleagues and I gossiped, we felt closer together. I started to wonder whether there was a biochemical cause for this feeling of closeness"