Love, defined as a profoundly tender, and passionate personal attachment, or deep affection for another individual. It is often demonstrated physically through hugs, kisses and sex. These physical displays of affection not only feel good, but are also good for you, with a number of physiological benefits. Never mind the apple, a hug and a kiss a day will help keep the doctor away.
Hugging is a form of physical intimacy that is universally recognized involving two people putting their arms around one another to hold each other closely. It is a form of non-verbal communication that indicates familiarity, love and affection and is associated with a number of health benefits including the following:
The act of embracing releases a hormone called oxytocin which causes a rise in feelings of commitment and intimacy which in turn increases bonding with your partner.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
One of the best cures for a stressful day is a hug which relaxes muscles and eases tension. This is because the body’s levels of cortisol (the stress hormones) are reduced causing the mind to calm down and the body to relax.
Next time you’re in need of pain relief reach for the arms of your partner instead of a pill. Hugging releases endorphins that increase circulation to soft tissues which relieve pain.
A passionate embrace allows for the exchange of feelings across the bioenergetics field generated by the heart. This exchange builds trust between two people beyond words.
Hugging increases the brain’s production of serotonin which improves mood and boosts self-esteem. The act of hugging further increases the production of dopamine in the brain which can help combat mental and mood disorders like depression. These increases create pleasure and negate sadness which can also result in improved performance at school or work.
Improved Heart Health
Studies have demonstrated that hugging can decrease heart rate which in turn decreases blood pressure and cardiac illness.
Hugging decreases cortisol levels which can have an impact on the immune system. People who regularly receive hugs tend to have less symptoms and signs of infection.
Kissing, the act of touching or pressing one’s lips against those of another as an expression of affection, romance and passion. Kisses can be one of the most expressive meanings of love and they too are linked to a number of health benefits:
Low Blood Pressure
Locking lips helps in the dilation of blood vessels which has proven to be helpful in lowering blood pressure.
Relieve Cramps and Headaches
The aforementioned dilation is also quite beneficial when it comes to pain relief, especially pain related to menstrual cramps and headaches.
Kissing increases saliva production which can help wash away plaque and keep your pearly whites cavity free.
Happy Feelings and Increased Self-Esteem
Similar to hugging, kissing releases the “happy” hormones of serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin which in simple terms make you feel good. Happier people tend to have higher self-esteem which increases productivity (and earning potential).
Additionally, the lips are packed with sensory neurons that when stimulated release sebum (oil secreted by the skin’s sebaceous glands) which is said to play a role in bonding
Calorie Burning and Toning
Kissing won’t replace a rigorous workout but kissing passionately can burn 1.5 calories per minute, that’s 90 calories in an hour of vigorous kissing.
In addition vigorous kissing helps tone facial muscles, shaping up the neck and jawline.
Kissing, much like hugging is great way to relieve stress and boost your immunity because of the reduction in cortisol levels that it provides. Kissing has been shown to reduce allergic responses in people with skin or nasal allergies and show improves in total cholesterol.
Kissing is often a prelude to the greatest level of intimacy between two people, sex. The benefits of sex are similar to those of kissing but magnified. Those benefits include:
Frequent sex leads to high levels of Immunoglobin A which is the body’s first line of defense when it comes to warding off illness.
Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Health
Sexual intercourse is linked to better stress response with contributes to lower blood pressure. In addition, sexual activity provides the heart with the same benefits as exercise with the added benefit of keeping levels of estrogen and testosterone balanced which is also very crucial to heart health.
As mentioned, sex has the same benefits as exercise; it increases the heart rate, burns calories and strengthens muscles. It can also help with the maintenance of flexibility and balance.
On average, most people burn about 100 to 200 calories each time they have sex
During sex pain-reducing hormones are released which can alleviate back and leg pain along with pain associated with menstrual cramps, arthritis and headaches.
It’s quite clear there a number of healthy benefits to being in love so be sure to show your affection to your partner and allow your romance to help you live a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life.