Last Updated on July 23, 2019
We all know that love makes us feel beyond good, but how does it happen scientifically? Did you know that there’s an actual science behind your little drunk-in-love heart?
Smart Side would like to show you some of the most incredibly heart-melting and scientifically proven impacts that love actually has on your body and mind.
1. Love is a Natural Pain Relief
Those embraces you get from your most loved one feel oh-so-good and comforting, right? Hell yes!
Recent research revealed that the oxytocin, the chemical in the brain which induces a feeling of calm and closeness, released during a 10 to 20 seconds hug can effectively combat pain, headaches, in particular.
Moreover, just gazing at a photograph of your loved one increases your endurance threshold and decreases pain to as much as 40% in moderate cases, and 15% in severe ones.
The explanation is that your brain links the image of your partner to a pleasant distraction, which makes any type of pain more bearable, thus serving as an analgesic.
From another perspective, researchers have also discovered that sexual stimulation, particularly orgasms, also do a wonderful job at restricting pain.
This can be most effective for chronic back pain, cramps, and arthritis symptoms.
2. Love Takes Care of Your Heart
Your heart and love feelings seem to be more connected to each other than you may think. According to studies, expressions of love decrease your heart rate by 50%. This is even more efficient during stressful situations as well as it lowers the risk of heart health problems in the long run.
Besides, oxytocin, the love hormone that is believed to be one of the most incredible molecules in the world, lowers the blood pressure, diminishes stress, reduces regular and social anxiety, improves self-esteem, and helps us fight and avoid depression.
3. Love Helps Your Body Fight Illness
Love-related gestures, such as holding hands, cuddling, and sexual activity, boost your body’s production of endorphins, which in turn, improve your immune system.
This explains why individuals with physical conditions who feel loved have a far better response to the treatment they receive and are highly motivated to fight sickness and disease.
Love does not only give that delicious warmth to your heart but also helps you stay emotionally strong and ready to overcome pains and hard times as well as make sweet lemonade out of all the lemons life will ever throw at you.
4. Love Treats Insomnia
We’ve already introduced the love hormones, endorphins and oxytocin. These two can block the release of cortisol, the hormone responsible for stress, and it turns out that they naturally promote better rest and sleep. Love always wins, even scientifically!
What’s more, science has proven the hormonal reconfiguration of lovemaking to be one of the most effective treatments for a good night’s sleep. (No one can deny how great it can feel when you sleep next to your loved one or even sleeping while in love with a light heart.)
5. Love Diminishes Addiction Probability and Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol, nicotine, cocaine, and opiates, are among the most addictive drugs worldwide because they have a direct impact on the dopamine levels in human bodies. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for the euphoric effects and a sudden rush of pleasure. Well, love works the same way.
However, besides dopamine, it also improves the release of oxytocin and testosterone, which create the ultimate combination of fighting and avoiding addiction.
This simply means that being in love loads your life with the pleasure and ecstasy you want and need while feeling loved when fighting addiction literally helps you resist better and cope with the withdrawal symptoms as well as it reduces your cravings. (Love is the answer, I tell you!)
6. Love Promotes Longevity
As shown by multiple surveys, individuals in meaningful relationships, particularly married couples, feel healthier and benefit from a sound and healthy lifestyle, including food choices, less stress, better rest, regular meals, etc.
(Basically, all the good things in life!)
If you’re not married, it’s fine, it’s just not the right time yet, being in a couple can also help you prevent physical conditions and fasten any rehabilitation process. This has strongly proven that those who are in love and in a serious relationship tend to live longer.
7. Love is Therapy
Different people resort to therapy for different reasons, but in most cases, it’s because they simply want to be understood and listened to.
Yet, you may want to neglect all the specialists on the globe and turn to the partner you’re in love with because they’re the most suitable person offer you an effective all-around “therapy”.
Your lover’s daily affection and support are both physiologically and mentally the main (at times the only) medicine you really need to handle your depression, anxieties, phobias, and any physical condition you may be suffering from.
Love would soothe your suffering.
I think that we don’t just fall in love and end up in the greatest relationship ever! Although love just happens, it doesn’t just thrive. We have to choose love.
Once the conscious and mature choice is made, we eventually choose to work on improving our relationships, to behave differently, be the best version of ourselves, and lastly choose peace, happiness, and health.
To keep your love alive, remember to keep your heart open and show your love whenever you can because that’s the best way to get more of it.