It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, a time when we express our love and gratitude to the loved ones in our life. Our love between one another makes us feel positive and happy, and of course we want more of that in our lives. We feel like w’ere on the top of the world when w’re in a caring, loving relationship. Not only are we happier, but our health can be improved. Here are three ways that love provides us with healthy benefits.
1. Stress reduction: Micro-moments of love reduce our levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to curb stress-induced rises in heart rate and blood pressure. Less stress also means more efficient, non-conscious regulation of bodily processes like glucose levels and inflammation, which is important for the prevention of chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
2. Love is contagious: When you and another connect in those micro-moments of love, you both share the energy of love and you both reap the benefits. In this way, love as well as emotional and physical health are contagious! The great news is you can learn to ignite and share more love in your life, transforming yourself and your community into becoming healthier, happier, and more socially connected.
3. Feeling the love: When you “feel the love,” the cells in your body actually react, flooding your brain and body with the happiness-promoting neuropeptide oxytocin, facilitating social connections and positive behaviors such as making more eye contact and friendly gestures. As an added bonus, oxytocin helps you fight off illness and helps you grow healthier physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Guest blog by Sherry A Blair, Organizational Consultant & CEO of of Innovative Specialists Inspirational Services
Sherry Blair inspires and motivates others by applying and encouraging Positive Psychology. She uses her skills to teach others how to build effective teams, and use non-violent communication to achieve results and resolve conflict. Teaching others to speak from their hearts is a key constituent of the work she does.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Analysis and International Social Welfare at Columbia University. She is dually mastered in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management supporting her vision to make change at the macro level in leadership and management.
Sherry’s areas of expertise are providing organizational consulting, coaching, behavioral health services, training and education. She can assist your organization through performance enhancement, management coaching, team cohesiveness and effective communication.
Sherry is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Professional Counselor and a IABMCP Professional Coach. She volunteers as a mentor for Graduate Students pursuing positive psychology Master Degrees through the International Positive Psychology Association. She is an Advanced Trainer/Certified Nurtured Heart Specialist and has served on the Ethics & Global Summit 2011 Committees for Howard Glasser and The Nurtured Heart Approach, a transformational approach that changes lives.
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