Being in love is a good thing. It’ll help make you healthier and happier! By Dawn Chen
Turns out, love does change you for the better. Here are four Science-backed ways to prove it.
Love makes you healthier.
A study from the University of Oxford that involved 730,000 participants has found that married women are 28 per cent less likely to die from heart disease than unmarried women. While the exact reasons are unknown, researchers speculate that the women’s spouses were likelier to encourage them to take their medicine regularly and make healthy lifestyle changes.
Love helps lessen pain.
Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine in the US have discovered that love really acts like a drug – a painkilling one, that is. They found that feelings of intense, passionate love can help to block pain. “It turns out that the areas of the brain activated by intense love are the same areas that drugs use to reduce pain,” says study author Arthur Aron.
Love makes you more positive.
Being in love helps you manage negativity too, according to research from the Universities of Jena and Kassel in Germany. “Neurotic people are rather anxious, insecure, and easily annoyed. They have a tendency towards depression, often show low self-esteem and tend to be generally dissatisfied with their lives,” study author Christine Finn explains. But when they’re in love, all that stress and worry seems to lessen. The psychologists found that being in love helped those with a more neurotic personality become more stable. They observed that over time, love also helps one deal with difficult circumstances more confidently instead of being immediately negative.
Love protects against stress and sickness.
Hugs are great, says recent research by US-based Carnegie Mellon University. Not only do they help to express love, but they can also help protect you from being stressed, and decrease your chances of getting sick. Study authors think that being hugged makes us feel like we’re being supported, and this in turn helps to lower our stress levels.