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The health benefits of being in love

Many studies have shown that love can keep you healthy mentally, physically, socially and spiritually

Many studies have shown that being in love goes beyond that warm and fuzzy feeling and the obvious advantage of always having a date for Valentine’s Day – these special connections have actually proven to be beneficial to our health. Love can keep you healthy mentally, physically, socially and spiritually too. 


Professor Jacques Snyman, clinical advisor for Resolution Health Medical Scheme, highlights why it is important to make room for love in your life.



1.    Love may make you live longer

“Research shows that people in loving relationships have a lower death rate than single people, even people who have unhealthy lifestyles tend to live longer than those who lack social and community support,” says Professor Snyman.

According to a study conducted by Brigham Young University, spending time with those you love has an extremely positive effect on health and can cut the risk of an early death in half.


2.    Love can help combat diseases

Studies have shown that being in love can help combat asthma, arthritis, hay fever, nasal congestion and even a headache.

“A strong romantic support system protects the body from developing high levels of cortisol, which is a stress hormone. This helps to protect you from various diseases including cardiovascular diseases,” says Professor Snyman.


3.    Love boosts your immune system

Having love in your life might just save you from getting the flu. A recent study showed that a five-minute episode of feeling genuine care or compassion enhanced the whole immune system, causing a gradual increase in the release of immunoglobulin A (IgA), your body’s natural antibody against colds, flu and other invading germs.


4.     Love helps you look younger

That healthy glow from being in love isn’t a myth. Many studies indicate that people in happy relationships look physically younger than those who aren’t. “With the increasing blood flow to the skin, being in love can increase the supply of essential nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells, making you look healthier,” explains Professor Snyman.


5.    Love can keep you slim

It is very common for people to lose weight when they start dating somebody. “Being in love causes your body to pump out a neurotransmitter called adrenaline, which acts as an appetite suppressant,” says Professor Snyman.

“Also, chances are that being in love will get you motivated to exercise more to look and feel your best for your partner,” he continues.


6.   Love improves your mental wellbeing

We all know that being in love makes people feel overjoyed, but it’s not just in our heads. People who are in love generally have increased energy, which makes them excited to discover new adventures and different hobbies.

“When you are in love the brain produces a chemical called dopamine, a feel-good stimulant that is responsible for feelings of bliss, optimism and patience,” says Professor Snyman.


7.   Love improves self-confidence

People in healthy relationships tend to be more confident in all areas of their life. “Having a positive self-esteem comes from being validated and receiving affirmation that you have worth. With improved self-esteem, people in love are often more capable of achieving and maintaining their professional and personal goals in life,” says Professor Snyman.


So before you roll your eyes at all the love struck people you are most likely to come across this Valentine’s Day, keep in mind that being loving to those close to you is bound to have you feeling good about yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.


If that can result in you even looking a tad bit younger then that’s reason enough to pursue love this Valentine’s Day.



Issued on behalf of Bespoke Communications.

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