Positive Aspects of Being in Love

A healthy romantic relationship can improve your health on many levels.
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Fall in love and stay in love can reap multiple health benefits. A 2005 study published in “Neuroendocrinology Letters” proclaims that “Love Promotes Health.” The study notes that being in love can improve your immunity response, increase feelings of well-being and health, increase optimism, and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. Initially, however, falling in love can increase stress, so it’s better to stay in a healthy love relationship than find a new one.

1 Physical Benefits

There are many physical benefits to being in love, and most tie into a reduction in stress. Being in love can reduce your acne, according to a “Women’s Day” article, “8 Surprising Health Benefits of Love.” Other benefits include greater longevity and better healing abilities. When you are in love, you have more energy and have better looking hair, skin, eyes, lips and breasts, according to a YourTango article, “10 Health and Beauty Benefits of Being in Love.” You'll look good, feel better and see the doctor less often, which benefits your physical, emotional and financial health. Looking good might attract more dates and a wonderful life partner.

2 Self-Care Benefits

When you are in love, you take better care of yourself, according to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an associate professor of psychology quoted in “The Washington Post” article, “Health Benefits of Falling and Staying in Love.” This occurs because you and your partner take care of each other. Holt-Lunstad believes you take better care of yourself because life has meaning and purpose.

3 Emotional and Psychological Benefits

People in love are happier, smile more and display more optimism than those who aren’t in a romantic relationship, according to YourTango. Your mental health is better and you are less likely to be depressed, anxious or stressed, which can be a common problem in adolescent and young adult life. You and your partner carry the load together, so you experience less stress than when you are coping with things by yourself. You are also more generous and compassionate as a result of the give and take nature of love. You also experience less anger and distress, according to the “Neuroendocrinology Letters” study.

4 Required: You Must Stay in Love

People who fall out of love can suffer ill health as a result, reports “The Washington Post.” Rejection or splitting up can lead to depression and suicide. Nurture your relationship and one another to retain the love benefits in your life.

Rev. Kathryn Rateliff Barr has taught birth, parenting, vaccinations and alternative medicine classes since 1994. She is a pastoral family counselor and has parented birth, step, adopted and foster children. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from Centenary College of Louisiana. Studies include midwifery, naturopathy and other alternative therapies.