Love is therapeutic, love is beneficial to your physical and emotional health. Read along to know the 5 Health Benefits of Love.
It is the month of love and everyone in my timeline and everywhere around the world is going crazy over the four letters right now. I am too – but in a little different way. The idea of being in love, feeling the love of a man or woman, the nuances of love, hearts and flowers everything sounds mushy and romantic. But did you know there could be health benefits of love as well?
Love, as the Oxford Dictionary says is ‘A strong feeling of affection’. Love can be between anything or anybody. It doesn’t have to follow a set pattern – though people do follow the set pattern! Love is hope, love is trust, love is happiness. Love is also therapeutic, love keeps your physical and mental health good. And it’s not just me who’s saying it – science has been.
Love Reduces Aches and Pains
No, I am not talking about emotional healing here. Science says, when we touch people we care about the body releases Oxytocin, which is also famous as the ‘love hormone’. Oxytocin helps us reduce stress, helps women in childbirth and breast feeding, it improves social skills in humans.
The more you have a loving connection with someone or with friends, the more you produce Oxytocin. Studies have shown a higher level of oxytocin can reduce pains like headaches, cramps, body aches.
Love Reduces Blood Pressure
Isn’t that awesome? Heart knows what is right, always! A study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine says people who hung out with their loved ones and close friends had a lower blood pressure level than people who hung out with strangers. The main reason behind this is the emotional support and bonding you get from your partner – where you talk less and feel more.
Loneliness in aging adults is also a major factor in increased blood pressure levels. The lonelier you are the higher the blood pressure. So hang out more with your partner, close friends, family – everyone that you love!
Love helps in Stress Management
Love helps you cope with stress better. When you have extreme stress at work and you have a loved one to support you back at home you cope up with stress better. Similarly, if you have lost your job and you have a partner supporting you financially and emotionally for the time being it helps you manage your stress better. No wonder some wise man has said “Love heals everything!”
Love keeps you away from depression and Substance abuse
When you are in love and have a steady relationship it is less likely you will get into a depression and consequently keep yourself away from substance abuse. A good marriage reduces depression and it also contributes to the decline of alcohol or substance abuse. You find more people abusing substance and consuming alcohol when their relationship is not working.
Love promotes Emotional and Spiritual Health
According to studies holding hands calms your nerves. High stress and anxiety can result in high blood pressure, increased heart rates. When you have your loved ones nearby holding hands it calms your nerves. Love prevents individuals into getting into clinical depression.
People who have successful long-term relationships are happier souls and they practice generosity. They are more patient and live in gratitude.
This reminds me of an old Beatles song “I just need someone to love.” With such a powerful feeling in itself, we all need to love. It is rewarding, it is wellness, it is a way of life. Readers, here’s me wishing you love, happiness and health.
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