We all know that we feel good out of love, but did you know that there is real science behind it? Here are some of the most amazing and scientifically proven effects that love has on your mind and body:
Love encourages long life - Research shows that people in meaningful relationships, especially in marriage, feel healthier and live a healthier lifestyle (including food choices, regular meals, better rest, less stress, etc.). Living together also helps people prevent, detect and eliminate physical problems more easily. It has been shown that people who love each other, who are in serious relationships, live longer.
Love helps the body fight disease - Gestures that express love, from holding hands to sexual activity, increase the production of endorphins, which in turn increases our immunity. Likewise, people with physical problems who feel loved, respond better to treatment, and have a stronger motivation to fight disease.
Love is a natural analgesic - We all know that hugs make us feel good and comforted. However, recent research has shown that oxytocin (a chemical compound in the brain that creates a sense of peace and closeness) that is released during a 10-20 second long hug can effectively relieve pain, especially headaches. On the other hand, scientists have proven that sexual stimulation, too, blocks pain. It is especially effective for chronic back pain, arthritis symptoms and cramps.
Love takes care of your heart - research has shown that expressing love lowers the heart rate by half. It is even more effective in stressful situations, and reduces the risk of heart disease in the long run. In addition, oxytocin (also known as the love hormone) is believed to be one of the most amazing molecules in the world - it reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, lowers anxiety, increases self-confidence and helps us avoid and fight depression.
Love cures insomnia - Love hormones (oxytocin and endorphins) inhibit the release of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, and this leads to better rest.
Love reduces the likelihood of creating an addiction and reduces withdrawal symptoms - Opiates, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol are addictive because they change the level of dopamine in our body. Dopamine is a hormone that is responsible for a sudden rush of pleasure and euphoric effects. Love works the same way. However, in addition to dopamine, it also stimulates the secretion of testosterone and oxytocin, which make the best combination in avoiding and fighting addiction. To be in love means to fill your life with the satisfaction and enthusiasm you need. But at the same time, if you feel loved while struggling with addiction, it literally helps you deal with withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings.
Love is therapy - People resort to therapies for many reasons, but most often because they want to be heard and understood. Of all the specialists in the world, the person who is the only one able to provide you with the overall "therapy" is your caring partner. The support and love your partner provides is both mentally and physically the main (and sometimes the only) “cure” you need to deal with fears, depression, anxiety, and ultimately, physical condition.