It’s amazing how much love affects your health and mindset. The day after our first date, I remember everything at work being a little better. It did not smell as funny as usual (I worked at a tanning salon which was stinky), the people were nicer, and even the trees and sky looked crisper.
The first few months we dated, I woke up excited and went to bed grateful every day. I still do, but the change from ordinary to in love happened fast and with some major strength.
While we associate these happy feelings with sweet, random text messages about a new connection or a really good first kiss, our bodies actually cause a lot of it.
Love affects your health, body, and mind.
It can actually have the same effects as cocaine on our bodies (without all of those crazy side effects).
You can blame the butterflies and goofy smiles at all times of the day to a mixture of phenethylamine, dopamine, and oxytocin. (source)
These three hormones literally help us feel happier, alert, and connected to others. Pretty cool, huh? (source)
Scientists have found that the feelings associated with falling in love can last approximately 2 years. Why 2 years? It is suggested that that’s the amount of time our ancestors took to have a child. (aw or ew?) (source)
But it doesn’t stop after 2 years…
Another really cool thing about love is that it can cause you to physically hurt less. Standford University Medical Center did an experiment where people that were madly in love where inflicted with small, short pains. The first time the participant was not given anything to focus on, and the second time they were shown a picture of their significant other. The participants’ pain tolerance increased when their sweetie was shown.
(I’m using the above research to encourage Jake to always baby me when I am sick.)
…and it doesn’t have to be a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.
Love does not have to come from a specific valentine to have an effect on someone’s health though. Oxytocin and dopamine, the two magical love chemicals, are released when people are with their family, friends, or even pets.
Overall, how does love affect the heart?
Scientists have found that love reduces stress hormones in the body which means the person feels happier, is able to feel less pain, heel faster from an injury, and feel happier. Who DOESN’T want that?
So even if you don’t have a valentine, no worries. Here is a picture of my sweet baby dog to help you feel happier and healthier instantly. ;)
What happens when love is lost?
Since research shows love has a powerful effect on the body when experience, the absence of a loved one can as well.
It has been proven that people can experience health problems or even death from a broken heart. The condition typically happens in women over 50. When a person is thrown into a stressful situation, their body releases hormones from the adrenal glands which paralyze the heart. The heart is literally stunned by the event and stops. The heart can be reawaken though.
What do you think about how love affects your health?
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(View last year’s Valentines Dinner Date)