For all you lovebirds out there, did you know that being in love doesn’t just feel good– it physically is good, too!
Check out three reasons being in love is good for your body below.
The ticker keeps on tickin’ when love is in the air! In 2013, a Finnish study showed that marriage lowers the risk of heart attacks in men and women of all ages. Over the 10-year study, researchers found that cardiac events were between 58 and 66 percent higher in unmarried men and a whopping 60 to 65 percent greater in unmarried women. Worse yet– 28-day mortality rates were an astonishing 60 to 168 percent greater among unmarried men and between 71 and 175 percent higher among unmarried women.
A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that spouse support was linked with lower levels of coronary artery calcification (hardened arteries). But the statistics keep comin’: research indicates that married people are three times more likely to live through heart surgery in the immediate three months after the operation than single people.
Improved Mental Health
An editorial that was published in Student BMJ found that men in committed relationships are in superior overall physical health than those who aren’t. Furthermore, women in committed relationships are typically in better mental health than their unmarried peers. This is because “the mental bonus for women may be due to a greater emphasis on the importance of the relationship,” the study writes.
A 2012 American Journal of Public Health study even linked same-sex marriage with specific mental health benefits, ABC News indicated. “We know that heterosexual marriage provides a higher perception of social integration and support,” said study writer Allen LeBlanc, a professor of sociology at San Francisco State University. “It makes sense that same-sex marriages would carry some of the same benefits.”
Fewer Stress Hormones
University of Chicago researchers conducted a 2010 study, using numerous experiments with 500 study participants. Essentially, the researchers created stressful experiences for their subjects and gathered saliva samples before and after the stressful experiences to measure their varying cortisol levels. While all of the participants had raised cortisol levels after the experiments, those in committed, romantic relationships had lower levels than single participants.
“Although marriage can be pretty stressful, it should make it easier for people to handle other stressors in their lives,” said lead author Dario Maestripieri in a statement. “What we found is that marriage has a dampening effect on cortisol responses to psychological stress, and that is very new,” Maestripieri, a professor in comparative human development at the University of Chicago, concluded.
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