There’s so much talk around the importance of healthy eating and fitness as it relates to our overall health, but let’s talk love. Yes, love, that four-letter word we all need more of. The feeling of love is a super powerful way to boost overall health and happiness, and I’m going to show you why.
Read on to learn about what you need to know about the power of love and health.
The Connection Between Love And Health
As it turns out, love is beneficial for both our mental and physical health. Research has shown that feeling loved may actually help us take better care of ourselves. For example, having a loving and caring significant other may mean that you have someone holding you accountable for going to your routine doctor’s appointments or getting that sweat sesh in.
Having those who love you around as often as you can may prove to be a really motivating factor to take better care of you!
Having a close social circle may also boost longevity. Yup, you heard that right—having friends may help you live longer. In fact, a study found that there were actually some pretty strong longevity benefits of having close social relationships!
So, keep those friends close and support one another. It may not only be beneficial for your mental health but your physical health as well.
Love—A Secret Weapon For Greater Levels of Overall Happiness
Ok, so we know that love and close relationships may support our overall physical health, but there’s more. Feeling loved also holds some pretty great mental health benefits.
Feelings of loneliness have been linked to all sorts of health ailments, like inflammation and pain. It may also lead to anxiety. On the other hand, feeling loved may help ease symptoms like anxiety and prevent feeling of loneliness in the first place.
If you have a significant other in your life, then you may relate to this one. Love and feeling bonded to your partner may also combat stress. Why? We can thank oxytocin (aka the bonding hormone) that helps us feel that strong and connected bond with our partners. That same hormone may also help us feel less stressed out.
Oh, and one more thing—love may also help give us a confidence boost. Love has been shown to boost confidence levels, which also helps keep those pessimistic thoughts at bay.
Love Allows For More Positivity
Allowing more love into your life is also a great way to shut out negativity. If we can reap all of these physical and mental health benefits of having this powerful feeling of love, we owe it to ourselves to let love in.
Now, this doesn’t mean that there’s one specific way to feel loved. Even working on a closer social circle may be exactly what you need to feel more positive, and to give yourself an overall health a boost.
So, feel that love! We all are so deserving of it.
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