Everybody knows that love makes us feel good, but did you know that there’s actual science behind it?
We here at DIYDecorCrafts.Com would like to show you some of the most amazing and scientifically proven effects that love has on your mind and body.
Love is a natural pain relief
We all know that embraces feel good and comforting. Yet, recent studies have shown that the oxytocin (a chemical in the brain, which creates a feeling of calm and closeness) released during a 10-20 second hug can effectively fight pain, specifically headaches.
What’s more, just looking at a photograph of your loved one increases your endurance threshold and reduces pain (to 40% in moderate cases, and 15% in severe). Our brain associates the image of our partner to a pleasant distraction which makes any kind of pain more bearable, thus acting as an analgesic.
From a different perspective, scientists have also proven that sexual stimulation and especially orgasms also do a great job at blocking pain. This is especially effective for chronic back pain, arthritis symptoms, and cramps.
Love takes care of your heart
Studies show that expressions of love lower your heart rate in half. This is even more effective in stressful situations and reduces the risk of heart conditions in the long run.
Besides, oxytocin — known as the love hormone and believed to be one of the most amazing molecules in the world — diminishes stress, lowers the blood pressure, reduces regular and social anxiety, boosts self-esteem, and helps us avoid and fight depression.
Love helps your body fight illness
Love related gestures, from holding hands to sexual activity, increase the production of endorphins which in turn, enhance our immune system.
Similarly, people with physical conditions who feel loved have a much better response to treatment and a stronger motivation to fight illnesses.
Love treats insomnia
Love hormones (oxytocin and endorphins) inhibit the release of cortisol, which is the hormone responsible for stress and in turn, they naturally promote better rest. Also, the “hormonal reconfiguration” of lovemaking is scientifically proven to be one of the most effective treatments for a good night’s sleep.
Love diminishes addiction probability and reduces withdrawal symptoms
Opiates, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol are so addictive because they affect the dopamine levels in our bodies. Dopamine is the hormone responsible for a sudden rush of pleasure and euphoric effects.
Infatuation works the same way. Yet, besides dopamine, it also enhances the release of testosterone and oxytocin, which makes for the best combination avoiding and fighting addiction.
In other words, being in love fills your life with the pleasure and ecstasy you need. But at the same time, feeling loved when fighting addiction, literally helps you cope with the withdrawal symptoms and reduces your cravings.