Is There a Link Between Love and Health?
14th February 2018
On Valentine's Day many people think about romance and how they can spoil their spouse.
Although there's a few different theories about the origins of the occasion on February 14, it's still dubbed as 'the most romantic day of the year' and is celebrated the world over.
In the lead up to the event, at Compare Cover, we've been asking ourselves how romance impacts our lives and our health, if at all.
Does love improve our health, and if so, how and why?
As a result, we've delved into different studies and research surrounding this topic to find out more about the link between love and health.
Reducing the Risk of Angina and Ulcers
Angina occurs when the blood supply to the heart is reduced, causing chest pain. There are many factors that can contribute to the likelihood of suffering from angina, such as smoking and obesity, however, some studies have suggested that a happy marriage can actually reduce the risk.
One study, referenced in the NHS article above, found that men who felt 'loved and supported' by their spouse had a reduced risk of angina. Another study found that men had a higher chance of developing a duodenal ulcer if they had family problems and didn't feel loved and supported by their wife.
Boosting the Immune System
Having a healthy immune system can be an important factor in staying healthy, helping us to ward off illnesses and infections.
According to research, a lack of relationships with others can lead to a compromised immune system, high blood pressure, and ultimately, premature death. This stress can reduce the number of immune cells which help us to fight off viruses and other infections.
Managing A Broken Heart
Some studies have looked at the way chronic illnesses are managed by those in romantic relationships. While love may not be able to cure chronic illnesses, management of a chronic disease could be improved by being in a loving and stable relationship, as this could encourage an individual to take better care of their health.
However, the research does recognise that this may be linked to personality traits:
"Many of the qualities that make people good at relationships - their personality, their level of emotional adjustment and the like - also make them more likely to be healthy, to deal with stress better, to sleep well."
Perhaps both factors - a healthy relationship and the right personality traits - can have a huge impact on our health and how we deal with chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
Linking Happiness and Health
Last year, we took a look at the link between happiness and physical health and found that there are a number of factors that can link the two together.
For example, many activities that are often associated with improving mood, such as yoga, can have a positive impact on physical health.
Looking after one another is often an important part of a romantic relationship, and this often means looking to the future needs of your spouse. Many couples may choose to consider the benefits of life insurance so they can ensure their loved one is cared for should the worst happen.
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