Do you feel yourself falling in love? If so, never resist it. Only few things are better for your health than being in love! Love is good for both physical and mental health. You don’t have to MAKE love to gain these benefits – FALLING in love is enough! Researchers from all around the world have given evidence showing that people of all ages benefit from being in love.
Some of love’s benefits are just self-evident, while other benefits are mysterious, but every stage in an emotional relationship, from the first romantic spark to long-term, deep-rooted relationship, comes with its own rewards. Here are just a few benefits.
Love is Good for Your Heart Health
Love is not only good for the emotional indicator, but it’s also good for that thing beating in your chest. Positive emotional feelings, particularly in the long-term, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, especially in men. A study in American Journal of Medicine, in which research data was collected for about 10,000 men, showed those who felt “being loved and supported” by a partner had a decreased risk of heart attack, even in cases other factors existed, such as senior age or elevated blood pressure.
Meanwhile, San Diego State and the University of Pittsburgh studies indicated that women in good marriages had a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who were in stressful relationships.
Need more evidence that love is good for your heart health? A 2013 Finnish study by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology revealed that marriage reduced the risk of heart attacks for both genders men and women of all ages. The researchers studied 15,000 cardiac cases over 10 years and concluded that acute events were 58% to 66% higher in single men, and 60% to 65% higher in single women, compared to those living a stable relationship.
SEX is Good for Your Immune System
Apart from the obvious reasons that sex improves our mood, researchers have found a link between frequent sexual intimacy and how strong our immune system is. A Pennsylvania study showed that participants who engaged in sex once or twice a week had higher levels of Immunoglobulin A—which is an important asset for preventing illness—than peers who didn’t. However, the study continued to conclude that for those who engaged in sexual activity more than twice a week had low levels of Immunoglobulin A, as well.
Hugging Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Did you know that hugging your beloved ones can actually help lower your blood pressure? Studies have indicated that couples who held one another’s hands for a period of 10 minutes, followed by a 20-second hug showed healthier reactions to emotional triggers, in addition to, lower heart rates and lower blood pressure, compared to those who got involved in stressful situations. In addition to hugging, non-sexual caresses cause high blood pressure-relieving benefits for women.
Love Helps Banish Cancer
A study conducted by University of Iowa researchers who discovered that, ovarian cancer patients who were in emotionally “satisfying relationships” were gifted by increase in frequency of “natural killer” cell activity that smashes cancerous cells as part of immune system’s response in comparison with those who lacked emotional support.
Long Term Relationships Still Have a Chance
In a 2008 TED talk, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University Helen Fisher revealed that, she scanned the brains of lovers who were madly in love and learned that there was a positive effect for love on the gray matter that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine—a natural chemical that helps send signals in the brain. According to Fischer, lovers who in long-term relationships, have showed “similar patterns of neural activity to those who still in early-stage romantic love.”
Studies also indicated that other romantic activities such as kissing, hugging, and cuddling have also caused triggering the production of the hormone oxytocin, which helps us remain in love. Also, a study by At Bar-Ilana University in Israel led by psychology professor Ruth Feldman indicated that “the increase in oxytocin during the period of falling in love was the highest ever found.”
LOVE may not be the cure for everything that disturbs you, but speaking of your health, Cupid could be cure for many physical issues.