There is no doubt love is one of most powerful emotions to be experienced. And while you’re feeling the love, your body is producing more endorphins and immune cells than ever which could not only make you healthier but could help you live longer.

Love Makes Your Heart Healthy

A study from the University of Texas found that love could reduce plaque build-up in the arteries and play a significant role in overall heart health. The study was conducted with rabbits, and we all know how “loving” rabbits are.

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All the rabbits were fed an artery-blocking diet. Some received love and affection while other rabbits received none. What was amazing was that the rabbits that received the loving care had 60% less plaque build-up than the rabbits that did not.

Love Boosts Your Immunity

One study revealed that just five minutes of genuine care boosted the entire immune system. This caused an increase in immunoglobulin A, which is the body’s natural defense against colds, flu, and other bacteria. Surprisingly, even watching movies about love increases levels of immunoglobulin A.

Practice The Human Touch

The human touch can deliver powerful healing as it increases your body’s production of endorphins, DHEA, and growth hormone. All of these alleviate stress. Research has shown that unconscious patients who received caring touch on a regular basis recover much faster than those who were not touched. Scientists have long known that orphan babies will stop growing and possibly die from the lack of love and touch.

Connect With Friends

People rich in social and community support are much more likely to live a long life than those who are loners. Spending time with friends is an extremely positive way to better your health and can cut your risk of an early death in half.

Nurture A Happy Marriage

Studies confirm that couples that are happily married live, on average, up to four years longer than their single counterparts. A happy marriage improves your outlook on life, positively affects your diet, and increases your network of friends–three of the major factors of living a long life. Married people also take better care of each other and give each other a sense of security about the future, which in turn alleviates stress.

Obviously love equals good health. If you don’t have enough love in your life, begin by loving yourself. In your relationships, share your energy, time and yourself with the people you love. As the saying goes, you reap what you sow. Give love and you will get love in return.

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