It surely must interest you to know that being in love does have its fair share of health benefits. Valentine's day might be the healthiest day of the year, just so you know. These benefits are claims that have been tested and found to be true in improving mental health and transiently, physical health. This may also apply to other forms of relationships albeit our focus here happens to be romance. Let's get intrigued.
Lovers always seem to be the happiest. Why is that? When you first fall in love, dopamine, the feel-good brain chemical associated with reward, is especially active. This same chemical is responsible for the euphoria associated with psychoactive substances such as cocaine, marijuana. It's always special when one feels loved and appreciated by one person. Research has actually said that lovers may also experience a spike in the stress hormone (cortisol) although this seems to even out in time. This may account for the anxiety, obsession and nervousness seen in lovers sometimes. What can being happy mean? It certainly busts stress. In fact, this also has an hormonal basis - Oxytocin. A feeling of loneliness often promotes anxiety, especially in social situations. Being in love takes care of all that.
Research did find out that being in love actually does lower blood pressure. In fact, singles with a strong social network also did well in the blood pressure study, though not as well as happily married people. This effect is seen more in male sex and this is understandable since men tend to have higher blood pressure levels than women. A couple of other physical effects proved in studies include serving as a form of natural pain control and promoting faster wound healing.
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