Romance Is Good For Your Health!Â By Dr. Shanae Gill
Here are 5 benefits of being in a happy, healthy long term relationship. 1. Improves your mental health Research done among happily married couples showed less incidences of depression and anxiety. This wedded bliss also contributes to a decrease in the rates of alcohol and drug abuse in young married persons. The reason for these outcomes is because social isolation is seen by researchers as a big contributing factor to the development of depression and anxiety, so having a partner helps to keep these issues at bay. 2. Better Blood Pressure Control Another study in the Annals of Behavioural Medicine, concluded happily married people had the best blood pressure control in comparison to their single counterparts or unhappily married people - who had the highest blood pressures out of the groups. Additionally, when we touch someone we love, the brain releases a hormone called oxytocin also known as the â€œcuddle chemicalâ€?. This hormone has a myriad of positive effects one of which is to lower blood pressure. NOMADIC
3. Stress Management Having a partner or other close social networks helps people to handle stress better. This support system provides improved coping mechanisms and emotional support in difficult circumstances. The oxytocin released from close contact can also decrease the levels of stress hormones in the body. 4. Fewer Colds A research study done by the Carnegie Mellon university in Pittsburg found that the participants that tended to experience positive emotions such as being happy, pleased and relaxed, were more resistant to the common cold than those who felt anxious, hostile or depressed. This can also be attributed to the oxytocin release which is known to boost the immune system. 5. Longer, Happier Lives Marriage and other longer term happy relationships can provide a sense of meaning and purpose in life that can translate to better selfcare, less risk taking and less isolation. Happily married people have been found to do activities which can lead to longer lives, such as regular doctor visits, taking medications consistently, regular exercise and improved nutrition.
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Here are five (5) health benefits to being in a loving relationship.