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5 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Love

5 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Love

5 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Like

Most of us are aware of the fact that if we like someone and are loved in return, our overall mental health is enhanced. Happiness is healthful, plain and simple. But the benefits of loving others only get more impressive as we examine them more closely.

Typically, individual well-being is assessed in terms of how well we’re doing physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and socially. So let’s take a look at how cultivating like and healthful relationships positively affects our health and well-being in these five areas:

1) Physical Health

Oxytocin, often called the “cuddle chemical,” is a hormone released when we touch someone we care about. (It’s also a factor in our connection with animal companions). Many of us know that this hormone increases with regular sexual intercourse, but we also have more of it in our systems when we are austerely hanging out and having fun with friends.

So the more loving our connections, the more we amass this fabulous chemical, which is known to lower blood pressure, decrease stress and even boost immunity. Oxytocin reduces aches and pains, increases energy and enables us to experience life more often on the pleased.

In fact, studies of psychology and aging show that loneliness increases blood pressure even as the feeling of being “connected” lowers it. Studies also show how oxytocin overrides dread and reduces anxiety, which is why people do such fantastic (and also “crazy”) things in the name of like. Yet this chemical also improves our ability to recognize and respond appropriately to social cues and enhances all aspects of our well-being.

2) Intellectual Health

Intellectual health involves increased alertness, knowledge and common sense. Sure, we can plow our intellectual health with books, cultural events and other formal educational experiences. But we can also learn an incredible amount from the people we surround ourselves with.

A person who exhibits intellectual health is able to access their own gifts. From that awareness they can tap into their capacity for creativity. But it’s also inarguable that our connections to others feed all of these self-discoveries. We learn through building our relationships and learning to improve our communication with others: opening up, listening to others open up, and austerely having fun all sharpen our emotional intelligence.

Smart people make excellent decisions after some thoughtful consideration to choose how to go forward. Brainstorming often is an invaluable part of the administer, whether on social media or through a tête-à-tête with a friend. Such connections increase our skill and capacity to reckon, respond, plow flexibility and expand our minds.

3) Emotional Health

Studies have found that people who maintain close relationships with others are less likely to suffer from clinical depression. There’s a reason, of course, which isn’t often articulated: to maintain successful relationships, we will have already learned to manage our own emotions in healthful ways.

In fact, that kind of accountability to oneself is a prerequisite to successful connections. If we have already cultivated self-awareness, we most likely will also have developed social skills, including the ability to read social cues and show appreciation, care and concern for others. These skills establish the healthful ground on which relationships can thrive.

4) Spiritual Health

Let’s face it: humans are imperfect and often annoying. We hurt one another’s feelings. We fall into the traps of assumptions and unmet expectations. We let one another down.

But people who have successful long-term relationships practice generosity, forgiveness, patience and acceptance. Thankfulness and appreciation are often said to be the most vital qualities in a successful relationship, and there is much research to support this assertion. Studies suggest that communicating thankfulness really contributes to neuroplasticity — our brain’s ability to make changes in response to our experiences. More generally, these are the benefits of practicing mindfulness. The more we practice being thankful, for ourselves, others and for life itself, the simpler and more natural the feeling becomes.

5) Social Health

Successful relationships require us to develop particular skills: to be supportive without attempting to “fix” the problem, to communicate warmth without intruding on another’s privacy and to manage conflict without damaging our connections. To know how to traverse the slippery slope of excellent boundary management is essential to healthful connection. The reach of such skills extends to our relationships with other loved ones, and carries over to enhance the power and meaning of our interactions in the workplace and in community life.

In the wellness space, we’re swamped by information overload about what to do and what not to do in order to remain healthful and live longer. We hear the latest about the benefits of kale and the detriments of BPA in plastic. Now and again the information is contradictory or the research confusing, and much of it changes on a regular basis. What does stay consistent, but, is that healthful connections with others means fewer visits to the doctor, shorter stays at the hospital and a longer life span. This is undeniable.

The Beatles were right when they sang, “I just need someone to like.” We all do. In fact, we need a community of people to like. It will reward us with health in all areas of our lives.

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