It can improve your heart heath.
“Human beings are social animals who have biological drives that make them want to find relationships,” says Dr. Hullett. “When they can’t find those unions, they’re punished with stress.” People in happy relationships experience less stress, which in turn improves their cardiovascular health. Furthermore, Dr. Hullett says people who aren’t in stable, committed relationships have an increased rate of heart attacks, particularly those who have been widowed, giving a graver meaning to the term “heartbroken.”
It can reduce feelings of pain.
The comfort of holding your husband’s hand can actually minimize your feelings of pain, according to a recent study. “Researchers studied people that experienced electrical shocks and found that holding someone’s hand ameliorated the pain and perception of pain,” says Dr. Hullett. The most fascinating part? These feelings of pain decreased even more when the female subjects—who were in happy marriages––held their husband’s hands. “Yes, friends helped reduce the pain that these subjects were feeling, but their husband did a better job at it.” Photo: Jupiterimages
It can regulate your menstrual cycle.
That is, love––as in making love––can. If you’re struggling with irregular periods, try hitting the sheets. Eric Braverman, MD, author of Younger (Sexier) You, points to a study from Planned Parenthood demonstrating that women who have sex at least once a week have higher levels of estrogen and are more likely to have regular menstrual cycles than women who have sex less frequently.
It can improve your mental well-being.
We all know that being in love makes us feel elated, but it’s not just in our heads. There actually is scientific evidence of romance’s blissful effects on the brain. Dr. Braverman references a study from Rutgers University that found participants, when they looked at photos of people they deeply love, had an increase of dopamine brain activity, which is associated with optimism, energy and a sense of well-being. Talk about being high on love! Helen Fisher, PhD, a biological anthropologist and author of Why Him? Why Her? supports this notion: “The bottom line is, the dopamine rush that comes from being in love gives you tremendous energy and optimism.” Photo: Brand X Pictures
Originally Published: http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/wellness/a2306/8-surprising-health-benefits-of-love-115600/