With Valentine’s day around the corner, many people are thinking about romantic love. But love can come in many different forms and all can benefit your health.
Whether it’s friends, an animal companion, or a lover; when connected with others your health is better. Let’s take a look at how fostering love can improve your overall wellness.
The cuddle chemical, Oxytocin
Oxytocin is a hormone that is released when we make physical contact with someone we love. Hence the name, “cuddle chemical.” Oxytocin acts like an anti-depressant and aids in stress relief. It can even reduce aches and pains!
Recently, it’s been shown that making and developing friendships releases this chemical as well. Even petting your pets or gazing into their eyes can boost oxytocin. That means that even if you’re without a romantic valentine, you can still experience the benefits.
Humans are social creatures. It’s a large component of emotional wellness to be able to create and maintain social connections. Showing love towards your friends, neighbors, and local community benefits everyone. Aside from creating a stronger community, these connections are important for each individual’s health.
Studies have shown that those who are more isolated and have fewer social connection are more likely to be depressed. Loneliness is also associated with higher blood pressure. Don’t be afraid to reach out and form connections with others. You’ll both gain the benefits!
Happy Valentine’s Day
From all of us at Null Chiropractic, we wish you a love filled Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s giving your pet some extra cuddles, spending time with friends, or enjoying the evening with your significant other; don’t forget to give love everyday. You’ll receive it and better health in return.