5 Things You Didn't Know About Love
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth... - Buddha
"Jacqueline," said Katie L .to me early one morning when I danced into the office and started handing out heart-shaped cupcakes, "this whole 'being in love' thing is really working out for you".
I must admit, I've been a pretty nauseating display since getting engaged. Dancing around the office, preaching words of love to the other girls and of course, the cupcakes.
"Is it that bad?" I asked, suddenly overly self-conscious. I considered taking back the cupcakes, but Katie had already finished hers and was reaching for a second.
"No...it's not. You know I don't complain about free cupcakes," she paused to take a bite. "Besides, didn't you know being in love has a lot of health benefits?"
It's true, being in love is not only exciting and fun, but can be good for you and your health. Medical experts around the world agree that romance brings you positive effects to your well-being, regardless if you're in a brand new relationship, or if you've been married for half your life.
Here are 5 surprising health effects you achieve simply by being in love:
Improve your immune system
Research shows being in love makes you a calmer person, which makes you less prone to colds and coughs. Boost that immunity, give your partner a bear hug!
It turns out, women in relationships, especially long-term ones, are less likely to be stressed, which is a natural way of regulating periods. Women in these relationships are also less affected by symptoms of PMS. Good news for all!
While you can't tear up your gym membership just yet, couples who exercise together actually show better results than people to work out alone. Not only to two-thirds of love birds who work out together actually stick to it, it turns out both men and women put in an extra 12 to 15% when training together. So that's the untold secret to toning up!
Having been prone to acne as a teenager [puberty definitely was not kind to me] I was pleasantly pleased as my skin cleared up post high-school. What's the deal? Well, when we're in love, we're less stressed. This means free-floating cortisol around, the culprit responsible for stress-induced acne.
An overall happier person
When you're in a relationship, your body naturally releases endorphins, the 'feel good' hormone. The result? A happier you, and the expression being "high on love", and in the office, a bunch of heart-shaped cupcakes.
So go ahead...spread the love. It's good for you!
Posted by Jacqueline H.