Studies show that people who are in supportive, positive relationships produce more oxytocin and may seem to bolster their immune system making.
This makes them less likely to get sick or succumb to negative effects of stress.
Another study found that women in love showed an increased activity of genes involved in viral protection. The study claimed that this is the body’s way of ensuring its protection from infections associated with intimate physical contact.
Happy relationships help us take better care of ourselves
Having a loving partner is also helpful for overall health simply because there is another person who will look out for your well-being.
Individuals are more likely to shrug off aches and pains than those in a relationship since your partner is more likely to urge you to seek medical help. It may come off as nagging or scolding but actually shows how the partner’s care.
This can help people avoid serious illnesses through early detection and proper and early medical intervention.
Aside from this, happy relationships and healthy relationships encourage healthful behavior, like quitting smoking and drinking.
Happy couples also report being able to sleep better because of their partners who are responsive to their needs.
Happy relationships can help us live longer
Take all of these together and it’s not a surprise that people who are in love generally outlive their single peers.
But those who are single should not fret because having supportive and loving friends and family are as good for your health as romantic relationships.
The key thing is to surround yourself with people who boost your mental health. Having stress-free, loving relationships, whether romantic or platonic, helps improve our quality of life—not to mention, its longevity.
Learn more about mental health and healthy relationships, here.