Surprising Health Benefits of Being in Love

As they say, love changes everything! Not only can it deepen your joys, it can also positively affect your health and well-being. Experts say that people who are in satisfying relationships tend to have better health and a better outlook on life.

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Here are some of the physical perks that come with romantic relationships:

Less Depression and Substance Abuse

A report generated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that a lasting marriage reduces depression in both men and women. The report attributes this to the role that relationships play in reducing the feeling of social isolation, one of the major factors causing depression. A happy marriage also helps in lowering the rates of heavy drinking and substance abuse, especially among young adults.

Better Stress Management

Love helps in improving a person’s ability to cope with stress. Social support and stress management are linked to each other. Those who get loving support in times of difficulty tend to cope better with life. If a person grieves over the death of a family member, for example, it helps emotionally if a partner is there to support him or her.

Less Physical Pain

Love enhances oxytocin production, which in turn boosts endorphins—a natural form of painkillers. Hence, love has the potential to reduce bodily pain caused by headaches, arthritis, etc.

Improved Immune System

Since loving relationships can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, they can also take a load off of your immune system. Research suggests that individuals who possess a positive disposition are less likely to get sick after being exposed to colds and flu strains, and happy couples who engage in positive conflict resolution have better performing immune systems than those who don’t.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.