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Happy babies provide natural high

July 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Taking care of a newborn is draining and exhausting, but somehow when that baby looks up and smiles at you it makes it all worthwhile. Now scientists think they know why.Researchers monitored the brain activities of 28 first time moms. When mother's saw a picture of their own infant smiling, the MRI scans revealed a big reaction in the brain's reward center.

The report in the journal Pediatrics says this causes a happy feeling stimulating a natural high.


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