Four Ways Love Improves Your Health

Love reduces stress. Falling in love floods the brain with dopamine, which heightens focus, energy, and optimism, and dopamine counteracts the stress hormone, cortisol. Non-verbal touching, verbal expressions of affection, and supportive affection can all help to reduce stress.

Love helps you sleep better.  A recent study of women found that those in stable relationship fell asleep faster and woke up less frequently than single women. Sleep is crucial to good health as it's the body's time to rebuild and cleanse.

Love decreases inflammation and provides pain relief. Feelings of love and inclusion suppressed the production of cytokines in the body. Feelings of love can influence your brain in a way that you experience reduced sensitivity to pain much like opiod pain relievers that trigger your brain's reward center.

Love improves self esteem. Research shows that feeling loved enhances our self-image and how we valve ourselves. With great self-worth we naturally engage in better behaviors such as sharing our love more freely with others.


  1. I LOVE all of these. Takes more muscles to frown than to smile so we should all smile and love more.

  2. These are all so true! Ryan and I read the 5 Love Languages when we were dating, and it taught us to be more intentional about these things, too, because love is SO important in our lives!

  3. I think I can attest to falling asleep faster - it's either love or having a baby LOL! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  4. All interesting information. I loved reading about this, thanks for sharing!

  5. Love is a beautiful thing when you are with the right person. Love to be loved in return and you will have nothing to loose. Thanks for sharing this with me.
    The Glossychic
    Wonder Cottage

  6. These are so sweet; I love all of this!