The month of February always brings the topic of love to many peoples minds. It is usually full of hearts, flowers and chocolate. The truth is – regardless of the emphasis February puts on Valentine’s Day and all that it encompasses research has shown that the emotion “love” can have many benefits to a person’s life and well-being. Wether that be personally or professionally one can agree there is nothing wrong with improving either right?
Love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment. Love is also a virture representing all of human kindness, compassion and affection as well as the “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.”
Love can also be described as actions towards others based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.
Although the technical definition of love brings a variety of meanings and interpretations, the health benefits of love are easy to identify and much more obvious.
1. Love produces positive emotions.
Love is known to bring about many positive emotions. Laughter is on of the more prominent emotions that rises out of love. Laughter is known to be healing to the soul and good for your mental well-being. After all – laughter is the best medicine – right?
It is a very powerful antidote to fight stress, conflict and pain both mentally and physically. Love also has the power to heal and renew ones mental, emotional and physical well being. Research shows that loving acts neutralize the kind of negative emotions that adversely affect immune, endocrine and cardiovascular function.
I think everyone can agree these benefits can be seen as positive for both your personal and professional lives.
2. Love helps your live longer and fight disease.
Who doesn’t want to be healthier and live longer? Many studies have shown that patients who are diagnosed with cancer have recovered from treatments faster when they had strong family connections. Also, those in loving relationships recovered quicker or completely eliminated the cancer with no scientific explanation other than the fact that the patient had great love and support from close family and friends.
The feeling of “butterflies in your stomach” is an actual physical reaction caused when our body responds to the strong attractions that is feel when one is “falling in love” or “in love” with someone else. Physically, your heart rate increases which causes increased blood flow to all parts of your body. This actually has been proven to have a positive effect on the mind and body.
3. Love keeps the doctor away.
Many studies prove that people in a loving, long-term relationship have longer average life spans than those that are not in a partnership. Typically, when you’re in a relationship, your partner cares about your health. Therefore, he or she will encourage you to watch you health and discourage bad habits.
“Endorphins are the key,” according to the National Institute of Health. Love triggers the hormone oxytocin which makes us feel good. It also lowers the levels of stress chemicals in our system.
Even with these 3 brief explanations of why love is important to everyone, hopefully you have a better understanding of the long-lasting benefits love can bring into a persons life. Whether you are a small business owner, or an employee of a large corporation, having love in your life can benefit you at work as well as at home. Fewer sick days, happier moods and energy all bring about positive outcomes in day-to-day interactions.
Dr. Hume and the Ted Hume Dental Team aim to provide you with preventative and restorative dental care. However, we also care about your entire well-being and health. Sometimes “laughter is the best medicine.” Hopefully your life is filled with love bringing positive feelings and emotions benefiting your entire life.