Love Benefits Your Health

It’s well known that a healthy dose of self love can have a positive impact on your life. Studies show that sharing love with others can also be good for our health. It’s been found that people in lasting, loving relationships have a better quality of life than their single counterparts. Married people are said to “live longer, have better access to health care, enjoy a more satisfying sex life, experience less stress, live a healthier lifestyle, and have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes and depression.”

Fortunately, you don’t need to have a marriage license to reap the health benefits of self love. Simple, loving gestures have been shown to improve our lives.

  •  Aromatherapy. Candles can set the mood for a romantic evening, and the right scents can also provide many health benefits as well. Ginger, lavender, and peppermint are thought to help headaches. Chamomile, lemon, and sandalwood may help relieve stress. And some scents that are thought to have aphrodisiac properties like jasmine, rose and vanilla.
  • Flowers. Rutgers University study shows that flowers are a “powerful positive emotion ‘inducer’.” In the study, women who were presented with flowers were more likely to be in a positive mood over the next three days. The elderly participants who were presented with flowers saw memory improvement.
  • Small touches. In a study reported to the American Psychosomatic Society, holding hands with a partner for 10 minutes or sharing a brief hug can “greatly reduce the harmful physical effects of stress” such as their heart rate and blood pressure. Such touches increased serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that aid the pleasure centers in our brains.
  • Massages. It turns out that ending a long day with a warm massage from your sweetheart is great medicine for both body and mind. Massages are known to lower the levels of cortisol, reduce our heart rate, and relax our muscles, but that’s not all.

More Mindfulness Articles




4 Recycling Projects You’ve Got to Try
It’s National Recycling Month—the perfect time to rethink our waste. With a little ingenuity, plastic...
Read More



Plan a Mindful Family Meeting
Weekly family meetings are an invaluable tool and can be the glue that keeps a...
Read More



Love Benefits Your Health
It’s well known that a healthy dose of self love can have a positive impact on your...
Read More



Mindfully Boost Your Energy
You’re low on energy and the day has just begun. What do you do? Most...
Read More



Mindful Procrastination Tips
Studies show that 95 percent of us procrastinate, but only 20 percent of us see...
Read More



Beat Your Depression
Autumn, the time of spiced lattes, harvest festivals, and family dinners, is a beloved season for...
Read More



4 Healthy Snack Recipes
Everyone loves a good snack. In fact, most adults (90 percent) have at least one...
Read More



3 Mindful Skincare Tips
The skin is the largest organ of the body and it needs to be taken...
Read More



More Mindful Living Network Articles




French Lentil Soup
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp on our new show Cooking for Love and this savory, protein-rich, french lentil soup recipe....
Read More



Zucchini Squash Spaghetti
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp and make this great zucchini squash spaghetti recipe - it's low calorie, low fat, dairy free and vegan....
Read More



Creamy Broccoli Soup
Chef Kendrick Dopp shows you how to make this broccoli soup recipe. Not only is it good, it's also low calorie, low fat, dairy free, vegan and healthy....
Read More



Yummy Cabbage Soup
Join Chef Kendrick as she makes this wonderful, healthy, easy cabbage soup, which is low calorie, low fat, dairy free, gluten free, and vegan....
Read More



Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars
Looking for a super-easy, healthy, crowd-pleasing snack or dessert? Try these blueberry oat crumble bars!...
Read More



Easy Crock Pot Bread Pudding
Usually, traditional bread pudding is baked in the oven, but you can make it in...
Read More



Easy Artichoke Dip
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp on Cooking for Love and try this wonderful and easy to make artichoke dip. It's a perfect snack to tide you over before dinner....
Read More



Grilled Zucchini and Ricotta Flatbread
Chef Kendrick Dopp shows you how to make a wonderful grilled zucchini and ricotta flatbread appetizer perfect for a snack....
Read More



Christmas Crack – The Best Treat You Never Had
Join Chef Kendrick Dopp and try this holiday treat, Christmas Crack. If you haven't tried it, get ready to become an addict! ...
Read More



Candy Cane Sparkling Punch
Punch first originated in the 17th century, and since then it has grown far beyond...
Read More



Whipped Cream Pie
You may be wondering: what is the difference between whipped cream and whipping cream? Well,...
Read More



Black-Eyed Pea Kale Salad
Chef Kendrick Dopp, from our show Cooking for Love, bring us this delicious and nutritious black eyed pea kale salad....
Read More



Avocado Dip
The avocado is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive, as it tends to...
Read More



Easy, Healthy Mushroom Soup
Mushrooms can be very good for us, and who doesn’t like a hot, soothing bowl...
Read More



Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles
A box of chocolate is always a sweet gift, but a box of  homemade chocolate...
Read More

Join the Mindful Living CommUNITY® online!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Get stress reducing tips, mindful
living ideas, healthy and easy recipes,
plus exclusive “subscriber-only” content delivered right to your inbox! 
SIGN UP HERE
close-link