You must have heard it a zillion times already. Love makes the world go round. The saying has survived through countless decades it is truth, and the world embraces it because love is such a beautiful thing.
You know, meeting that one person who discharges so much attention on you that you feel on top of the world, and treats you with a sort of compassion which ultimately hatch parched cocoons of solitude and longing into a flutter of flamboyant little butterflies in your stomach.
It is an indescribable feeling. You see, when you find and fall in love, a certain change takes place, and its existe……
Wait, what…? Love is for losers, you say?
Alright, alright, I get your point. But then there’s no need being perpetually jaded because you had one awful love experience. Just try again, it would be beneficial; especially to your health.
This is because new research has found that love and romance aid in improving an array of health conditions from high blood pressure, to pain, and allergic reactions.
According to researchers at the University of Western Virginia in California, 12 areas of the brain cooperate to make a person fall in love, and the first changes in brain activity begin within one-fifth of a second of getting love-struck.
There is then a flow of chemicals such as dopamine which helps regulate emotional responses, and oxytocin, the hormone that encourages feelings of trust and decreases nervousness- explaining why people who are in love tend to have lower blood pressure.
‘Important life events, such as falling in love, have profound physiological effects as well as emotional ones. The immune system, hormones and many other factors are likely to be involved,’ says Professor Sir Cary Cooper, a psychologist at the University of Manchester.
After a two-year study on 50 women, it was also discovered that falling in love could also affect our ability to fight off infections since those who fell in love during the study period had genetic changes related to higher concentrations of compounds that attack viruses.
Researchers at Stanford University in California also used brain scans to evaluate responses to pain and found that romance improved one’s pain border.
Simply observing a loved one may increase the production of dopamine, which activates the release of natural painkillers.
‘When patients are doing markedly better and we find out they are in a new passionate relationship, it may be nothing to do with the medication,’ the researchers reported.
Meanwhile, a 2006 study in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research also confirms that 30 minutes of kissing reduced the production of histamine, which triggers allergy symptoms.
Also, couples who kiss each other the most tend to have lower levels of cholesterol because during a kiss, there may be an exchange of sebum, which reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, thereby lowering cholesterol.