Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Ecclesiastes 4:11
A study found that the stress hormone cortisol was significantly reduced when people shared their problems with others. Fifty-two college students were asked to make a speech while being taped by researchers. Those students who were allowed to discuss their fear of giving the speech with another student in the study had lower levels of cortisol before, during, and after the speech than students who didn’t share their feelings of fear.
In other words, as the saying goes, “A problem shared is a problem halved.” The researchers at the University of Southern California could have gained this insight without doing their study. Solomon went into detail about the benefits of living life in partnership with others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). He summarized by saying, “And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” The best example of the synergy of partnerships is marriage, of course. But the principle applies in all of life’s relationships. We can do far more together than we can apart.