You can show your love and improve your health as these two things very much go hand in hand.
This is not about candy for your Valentine but it is about showing real, true love.
Certainly you can, and should, declare your love out loud but there are also silent ways in which to do so as well. These silent ways can speak volumes.
- A loving gesture.
- Holding hands.
- A look held just for them.
- Making love (not having sex but truly connecting with wonderful love making).
And then there are other ways that you can show your love and reap many, many health benefits.
- Creating the space and time to connect with your loved one.
- Listening without interruption.
- Discussing what they told you in a way that shows you truly heard them.
- Sending a random text telling them what you love about them.
- Preparing a special meal.
- A random phone call just to say hello.
In these ways, and many other ways, you can improve your loved one’s health while improving your own.
A University of Pittsburgh study tells us that women in healthy relationships have a lower risk of heart disease than those in high-stress relationships. Given that heart disease will kill six times as many women as breast cancer and is the leading cause of death among men and women this is very important.
The National Longitudinal Mortality Study has found that people in a happy marriage live longer and have a lower risk of cancer.
Of course this makes sense when we consider that stress can raise your blood pressure, cause stomach issues, damage your brain, impede your sex life and deplete your white blood cells. The depletion of white blood cells can also increase your risk of cancer which makes it interesting to note that a University of Iowa study proves that folks in a happy relationship have more white blood cells than those who are not.
Carl J. Charnetski, PhD has proven that immune function is increased with having sex once or twice per week.
Sorry, after three times the immune function theory no longer holds true.
Oxytocin, a hormone that is critical for a woman to create social affiliations, is increased with hugging and hugging may lower blood pressure. Oxytocin is also more prevalent, in both men and women, during orgasm.
So really what are you waiting for? Go find your love and tell them that they are just what the doctor ordered.
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