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Before I start, these benefits are applicable to enjoying any deep and meaningful relationships; not just romantic ones.
11 Surprising Health Benefits of Being in Love. ❤
It’s so important to feel valued, respected, connected to others and to experience a sense of belonging.
Studies have shown that being in love can:-
1. Lower your blood pressure. Researchers discovered that happily married people had the healthiest blood pressure readings, followed by single people’s. The blood pressure readings of those who were unhappily married were the worst.
2. Cause less anxiety. In a study, MRI scans were used to examine the brains of passionate new couples compared with those in long-term relationships. There was more activation in the areas of the brain associated with bonding and less activation in the areas that produce anxiety, in the brains of those in long-term relationships compared with those in new relationships.
This makes sense. When you start being in a relationship, you’re often insecure and worry if they feel the same as you do about them.
3. Help with stress management. You can cope better with whatever life throws at you with the support of your partner.
4. Reduce the number of colds you get. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who are happy in life are less likely to get colds or flu after being exposed to the viruses than those who are anxious or depressed.
5. Help with pain control. In a study of 127,000 adults, married people were the least likely to complain of head and back pain.
6. Promote faster healing. Scientists at the Ohio State University Medical Center gave married couples blister wounds. (That’s nice of them!) The wounds healed twice as fast in couples who showed warm interactions with each other than in those who were hostile to each other.
7. Contribute to fewer doctor’s visits.
8. Reduce the likelihood of depression and substance abuse.
9. Help your self-esteem. In 2017, researchers at the University of Bern found that being in stable relationships does improve your self-esteem.
10. Promote better sleep. A study in Turkey of 700 cohabiting couples revealed that people slept better when lying next to a supportive partner who they felt responded to their needs. (Unlike my partner and I who regularly get woken up, every night in winter by at least one of our cats when they want to come in or go out!!)
11. Help you to live longer. Research of 5,000 adults aged 30-69, showed that those who were in strong, happy marriages lived longer than the unmarried participants.
My Musings on Love and Relationships.
Looking at the above, it seems obvious that being in happy relationships would have a positive impact on your health.
My partner and I don’t tend to bother with Valentine’s Day because our anniversary of when we first met is quite close to it.
I just want to reiterate that even if you’re not in a romantic relationship, any deep and meaningful relationship would give you the same benefits.
I think that society brainwashes us into thinking that getting married is the be-all and end-all. Growing up, I’ve read countless books and watched many films that perpetuate this notion. It’s, I think, worse for women. Even when heroines in fiction have adventures, they still fall in love and live happily ever after!
I’m sadden to learn that even in the 21st century, there’s still this insidious pressure to get married or get involved with someone.
I can remember at the age of sixteen being in tears because my friends got boyfriends and I hadn’t.
If I could go back in time, I would give my sixteen-year-old self a slap and tell her to get a grip. My perceived desire to get a boyfriend led me to inappropriate and unhappy relationships. Instead, I should have focussed on my career and having a good time.
I just wish other people stop judging other relationships and those who are happy being single.
What about you? Have you experienced pressure from others to get a boyfriend or girlfriend? Let me know in the comments box below.
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Sources: webmd.com, prima.co.uk, uthealthaustin.org, living.aahs.org, insider.com