4 ways love improves your health

We all enjoy that feeling of falling in love. It makes us feel happy and like we can take on the whole world. While you’re probably not superman or superwoman, your love may offer some great health benefits for the future.

Being in love offers some amazing health benefits: 

Increases your immunity. Did you know that couples in love visit the doctor less per year compared to those who are single? Studies show that couples that are intimate at least once per week have higher levels of IgA — an antibody that helps keep you healthy by fighting diseases. Another hormone called oxytocin, also known as the “cuddle hormone,” may help keep you healthy. This hormone is released with every hug, kiss and touch. If you’re single, you can help increase your body’s immunity through close friendships. So, call up that friend you’ve been meaning to reconnect with; it’ll do your body good!

Decreases your risk for depression. Couples in love often find themselves living in a state of bliss. Their constant state of happiness may help reduce the couples’ risk of becoming depressed. A study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior revealed that happily married couples scored lower on the depression scale than unmarried individuals.

Lowers your blood pressure. If you’re in love and think you feel calm, it’s probably because you are more relaxed. A 2007 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that happily married couples are more likely to have lower blood pressure than those who are single. The same study also showed that unhappily married couples are more likely to have higher blood pressure than both happily married couples and singles. A later study also revealed that low blood pressure can also occur in those who have deep, meaningful relationships with friends and family.

Lengthens your life span. You’ve talked about spending the rest of your life with your loved one, and your love may help you live a longer life. The National Longitudinal Mortality study revealed that happily married couples are more likely to live longer, with men less like to suffer from a heart attack.

Make sure you take the time to tell your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them today!

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