“12 ways love creates better health and happiness”
Love is the one ingredient that does not come from food, in a tablet, a capsule, or even in a bottle, it’s the one elusive ingredient that many people forget about for great health and vitality.
And love is all about giving, and giving in itself has many health benefits, thus love is the most important ingredient of all!
This is national stress month... and love is very important for reducing stress.
Boosts the Immune System - In studies those that argued in a loving way had no suppression of their immune system while those that argued in negative ways had a huge drop in their immune system.
Feel Happier - Love increases dopamine levels in the brain thus you sleep better, feel happier and have a better outlook on life. Studies show that just looking at photographs of people we love increases dopamine levels in the brain and creates a feeling of bliss. And studies show that love gives us extra vitality and an optimistic look on life. Those in committed loving relationships also have a lower incidence of suicide, depression, drug abuse, and alcohol... and seem to be happier in general with less stress and anxiety... and even few colds and visits to the doctor.
The Power of Touch - Babies that are not touched for long periods of time show a lack of brain development. These studies where carried out years ago in orphanages where children were cared for and fed but not lovingly touched... in the end their growth was stunted and their brain did not develop like other children. Being touched by loved ones leads to feelings of peace, love, and contentment.
Less Pain - Those in love have less pain than those who are not in love. In studies where a man or woman were given electrical shocks if they held the hand of someone they loved... they had less pain. Also friends holding their hand lowered their pain... but not as much as someone they loved deeply holding their hand.
Longer Life - People in committed relationships on the average live longer that those that are not. And those those in love seem to have less stress, and they take care of themselves better thus they live longer. Dr. Dean Ornish feels that people in loving relationships can live up to 5 times longer than those who are not in a committed relationship. And a study done in 1979 showed that people in committed relationships had a much lower incidence of cancer, heart attacks, and pneumonia.
Great Looking Skin - Those in love have less stress hormones running through their body causing acne, thus love does create healthy looking attractive skin.
Lower Stress - People in committed relationships have less stress... and less cortisol (stress hormone) in their body that create cardiovascular disease, and people who are widowed, single, and alone have a much higher rate of heart attacks.
Better Fitness - Couples that exercise together keep going strong and feel good about their regular exercise. And those that are in relationships workout harder too, thus they lose more weight and look good and feel better about themselves. 1/2 of those who are not in committed relationship and start an exercise program stop within a year.
Better Healing - Studies show those in committed relationships have more killer cells and antibodies that eliminate bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells from the body, and skin wounds heal faster for those in committed relationships.
Better Brain - Those in a committed relationship may be smarter too... because they secret chemicals that promote brain cell growth.
More Confidence - Those in loving relationships attain more than their counter parts because they are less likely to be depressed, commit suicide, or partake in drugs or alcohol. Thus achieving life long goals such college degrees, starting a business, or writing a book.
Lower Blood Pressure - And studies done at the University of North Carolina show that those who received hugs on a regular basis... have lower blood pressure.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist, Counselor, and Spiritual Advisor for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Center for Creative Living Church, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas www.paulhaider.com