With Valentine’s Day fast approaching here’s a little something to give you extra appreciation for the one you love. Researchers from around the country believe that being in love can improve various aspects of your health.
Researchers from around the U.S. conducted several small studies, presented at a meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, examining the interactions between love and stress and love and infidelity and in one of those studies they looked at 34 couples who lived together and tested for the stress hormone cortisol before, during and after being separated for four to seven days. What they found was that when the couples were separated physically, they had higher cortisol levels and had worse sleep than when they were together.
“During separations, only lengthy phone calls appeared to ‘stand in’ for contact,” study researcher Lisa Diamond, of the University of Utah, said in a statement. “The findings can contribute to our emerging understanding of the processes through which longstanding romantic ties are beneficial for our health.”
This isn’t the first time a study has shown the correlation between love and health.
Last year a study conducted by the State University of New York at Oswego found that being with a spouse or partner is linked with a drop in blood pressure, while another found a link between being in love and living a longer life. Looks like being in love is good for more than just sex, so grab the one you love and indulge in the goodness till your heart’s content…it’s good for your health!