Love has been defined in so many different ways over the years. Companionship, someone to share good and bad times with, watching Netflix at two in the morning, and so much more. It is a concept with a continuously growing definition.
However, these definitions barely scratch the surface. “Falling in love is easy to do, almost effortless, but losing that loving feeling is not that hard to do, either,” said Kurt Smith, Psy.D. These meanings we attach to love are superficial. When you dig deep into the concept of love, you’ll be amazed at the discoveries you’ll unfold. It’s more than just passion, affection, and care. Many definitions are way beyond these superficial meanings. One of the most significant benefits of love is a healthier life. Here are five ways love impacts your well-being:
- Longer Life
People with healthy relationships are found to be 50% more likely to live a longer life and not suffer a premature death. Humans are social beings. Having healthy social relationships enable us to grow. Neglecting the importance of social relations and not nurturing such companionship can lead to conflicts and difficulties.
- Lesser Risk Of Illnesses
Research suggests that people with healthy relationships, at any age, have better health. When a couple is always in conflict, there are more negative effects than heated conversations. Some of these include a rise in blood pressure and emotional suffering that can lead to depression. Keeping your relationship healthy means that you keep yourself healthy, too.
- Reduced Stress
Strong support that you can receive from your loved one can lead to reduced stress. Healthy relationships can help in reducing the amount of cortisol, or the stress hormones in our bodies. Being connected in a healthy relationship can significantly assist in stress management. When a couple is in a healthy and loving relationship, they can manage stress more efficiently.
- Improved Self-Esteem
Women’s Health reports that women who are in healthy relationships have a more positive body image. “People with a good and healthy self-esteem are able to feel good about themselves for who they are, appreciate their own worth, and take pride in their abilities and accomplishments,” as noted by Psych Central’s founder, John Grohol, Psy.D. It is due to the support you get from your loved one. Being in a healthy relationship with strong support from your partner can be an excellent source of self-esteem booster. The support you get from your loved one can also be a source of motivation to become a better person.
- Enriched Life
Being in a healthy relationship also entails an improved life. Aside from reduced risks from suffering from physical illnesses, relationships can pave the way for stronger mental health. A healthy relationship can help you live a life that is free from diseases–physical and mental. Your happiness is also affected by your relationship. The stronger your relationship is, the happier you will become.
Overall, we should keep in mind that not all relationships can contribute to the betterment of our well-being. One thing to note is that relationships need to be continuously nurtured. According to Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Darlene Lancer, “Acceptance is essential for satisfying relationships.” As social creatures, being in a healthy and stable relationship has an impact on our well-being. Do not neglect the importance of these relationships because they help us feel connected. Instead, develop and foster strong connections because isolation is not a healthy option.