Dancing Gangnam Style Helps You Deal With Pain?

Psy performs 'Gangnam Style'

Psy performs ‘Gangnam Style’ before a football match at Rome’s Olympic Stadium in May 2013TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

You’ve been doing group dances since you were a kid. You started with the “Hokey Pokey” and the “Chicken Dance” . . . graduated to the “Gangnam” . . . and now you kind of have the urge to learn the Whip / Nae Nae.

And without realizing it, each of those dances is making you better at dealing with PAIN.

A new study out of Oxford University in England found that people who do group dances have higher pain tolerances than people who don’t.

Their theory is that the dances are both good physical exercise AND good bonding experiences. That makes your body release endorphins . . . like it would when you’re playing a team sport.

And endorphins have a lasting effect of making you better at dealing with pain.

In other words, dances like the Macarena or Gangnam Style might help you take a punch to the FACE. Possibly for suggesting that everyone dance to them?


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