Everyone knows that love makes us feel good, but how about learning its effects on our body based on real scientific data?
It is quite normal to feel that things work differently in your body when you are in love. Love has the power to turn the hormones in your body, your heart, and your brain upside down. You may feel that you are looking at things from a different perspective, and you may start to be more selfish about yourself. Falling in love with someone is one of the most real feelings you can feel throughout your life; the kind that will literally sweep you off your feet. Some of the most surprising and scientifically proven effects that love has on the mind and body are;
1. IT HAS PAIN RELIEF
We all know that hugs feel good and comforting. But recent research has shown that oxytocin (a chemical in the brain that creates a sense of calm and closeness) released during a 10-20 second hug can effectively fight pain, especially headaches.
What’s more, even looking at a photo of loved ones raises your endurance threshold and reduces pain (up to 40% in moderate cases and 15% in severe cases). Our brain associates the image of our partner with a pleasant distraction that makes any kind of pain more bearable, thus acting as an analgesic. From a different perspective, scientists have proven that sexual stimulation also does a great job at curbing pain. This is particularly effective for chronic back pain, arthritis symptoms, and cramps.
2. PROTECTS THE HEART
Studies show that expressions of love can cut your heart rate in half. This is even more effective in stressful situations and reduces the risk of heart disease in the long run. Also, oxytocin, known as the love hormone and believed to be one of the most amazing molecules in the world, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, reduces regular and social anxiety, increases self-confidence, helps us avoid and fight depression.
3. HELPS YOUR BODY FIGHT DISEASES
From holding hands to sexual activity, gestures related to love increase the production of endorphins, which in turn strengthens our immune system. Similarly, people with physical conditions who feel loved respond much better to treatment and have a stronger motivation to fight disease.
4. TREATS SLEEPlessness
Love hormones (oxytocin and endorphins) inhibit the release of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, and naturally promote better rest. It has also been scientifically proven that making love, hormonal restructuring, is one of the most effective treatments for a good night’s sleep.
5. REDUCES ADDICTIONS
Known foreign substances are addictive because they affect dopamine levels in our body. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for a burst of pleasure and euphoric effects. Passion works the same way. Yet besides dopamine, it also increases the release of testosterone and oxytocin, which make the best combination for avoiding and fighting addiction.
In other words, falling in love fills your life with the pleasure and enthusiasm you need. But at the same time, feeling loved while battling addiction literally helps you deal with withdrawal symptoms and lessens your cravings.
6. PROMOTES LIFE EXTENSION
Surveys show that people who are in meaningful relationships, especially in marriage, feel healthier and benefit from a healthy lifestyle (including food choices, regular meals, better rest, less stress, etc.).
Being a couple also helps prevent people from tending to handle physical conditions faster. This proved that people who are basically in love and in a committed relationship tend to live longer.
7. PROVIDES PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALING
People seek therapy for many reasons, but most often it’s because they want to be listened to and understood. Of all the specialists in the world, the most talented and available person to offer you effective all-round therapy is your valued partner.
The support and love of your lovers is the main medicine you need to deal with your phobias, depression, social anxiety, and lastly, your physical condition, both mentally and physiologically. Love and meaningful relationships don’t just happen to us. We choose to love, improve our relationships, act differently, and ultimately choose to be happy and stay healthy.