When you think of love, your heart may race, a wave of emotions or questions might arise. You might even think of your favorite love song or those closest to you.
We all need love. No matter who you are.
But you probably didn’t know just how vital love is to your health.
Yes, in fact many studies have been done on the connection between love and health.
In this article, we’re going to share some facts about love and how this force of nature can improve your well-being. So, text your favorite person, hug your loved ones a little tighter, and practice just a little more self-love every day.
Here are 6 surprising health benefits of love:
- Love Helps You Live Longer
It’s not a myth. Not just married people but people in healthy social relationships typically live longer. Healthy and loving relationships can also help reduce the risk of heart attacks and certain types of cancer.
- Love Lowers Your Blood Pressure and Decreases Stress
Being in happy relationships helps decrease your blood pressure and thus your stress levels. Being around people who put your heart at ease is not only enjoyable but good for your well-being. Who wouldn’t want that?
- Love Keeps Us Physically Fit
When you have people who care about you around, you have more of a tendency to take care of yourself. Despite people’s belief that you gain weight when you’re in love (which could be true), overall, we are healthier when we’re accountable to the people we love.
- Love Decreases Physical Pain
Don’t listen to people who say love hurts. According to Arthur Aron, PhD, a professor of psychology, “the areas of the brain activated by intense love are the same areas that drugs use to reduce pain.” While it may not in the literal sense decrease pain, the euphoric feeling of love allows you to focus on something more pleasing than the pain.
- Love Strengthens Your Immune System
Besides being lovesick, love can help your immune system get better. Surprisingly people who exhibit positive emotions are less likely to get sick after being exposed to the cold or flu. This study, published in Psychosomatic Medicine compared happy, positive people with those who exhibited negative emotions.
- Love Makes Us Happier in Life
It sounds simple but great relationships just make life better. No matter if you’re going through difficult times, having love surrounding you will make it easier to cope. And also, produce a happier life overall.
Just a few of these should motivate you to spread more love and become more open to receiving love. And no, this doesn’t have to be romantic love.
Love can take shape in a friendship, parenthood, and even how we view the people you interact with. Now more than ever, we need to embrace and give love.
So spread love, encouragement, and continue to be a positive force in the world. Not only will that love come back, but your health will reap the amazing benefits because of it.