A sense of connection with others is integral to our well-being. Love and the sense of belonging in a community has far reaching implications on our health. The benefits of love aren’t limited to relationships between partners or spouses. Having a strong network of connections with friends, family, coworkers, and/or neighbors is an important aspect of everyone’s health.
Sometimes relationships can be stressful, but overall, love has shown to to have a strong stress reducing potential. When you feel love, areas in the brain that are responsible for emotion, attention, motivation, and memory are activated. Our immune function improves, depression and anxiety decreases, and overall sense of well-being improves.
Relationships can be work sometimes, but putting in the effort can be well worth it. So, remember to reach out to those you love today and give others that boost in well-being everyone needs.
Dr. Cheatum and Dr. Doize are Naturopathic doctors writing about health topics from a holistic viewpoint.