The Benefits Of Being In A Relationship, According to Science

How to improve your health by falling in love with your partner.

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Why do you want to have a happy relationship?

Happiness, intimacy, and the possibility of starting a family are some of the reasons that come to mind when I ask myself that question.

But despite all of those incredible benefits, improved health is something we rarely consider as a reason for being in a relationship.

Research shows that increased levels of happiness has a direct correlation with healthy relationships amongst your inner circle. Quoting an article from Harvard Medical School:

Which is why now is the perfect time for you to learn the benefits of being in a relationship, and how you can use each one to live a happier life.

But before we kick off this article, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge you, the reader.

You clicked on this story for a reason. Maybe you’re looking to live each day more purposefully or to improve your overall level of happiness within your relationship. If that’s the case, then keep reading. This article is for you.

Cuddles With Your Partner Can Reduce Stress.

Do you ever have those moments where you want to cuddle up with your partner and relax? I understand how you feel.

Data published by the NHS show that couples who cuddle regularly can experience a lower heart rate and blood pressure.

This is because a hormone called Oxytocin is released during intimate contact with another person, which reduces the amount of stress that you have to face.

So whenever you find yourself getting into an argument with your partner, take a few minutes to cuddle up next to them, and the anger between you will dissipate.

Relationships Lead To A Longer Life Expectancy

It’s no secret that being happy in a relationship will increase your quality of life. But according to research published in Psychology Today, happiness is also a contributing factor to an increased life expectancy. Quoting the article:

Of course, Being happy isn’t the only factor which contributes to someone living a longer life.

However, being in a healthy relationship will undoubtedly improve your chances of living longer than most people.

Having A Relationship Lowers Your Risk Of Depression.

Throughout my life, maintaining good mental health has been something that I’ve always found difficult.

But as it turns out, being in a happy relationship has the potential to reduce the likelihood of negative thoughts from controlling your mind and taking over your life.

As we all thrive on social connection, isolation from other people can induce feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and consequentially an increased chance of depression.

So naturally, it makes sense that having a partner by our side will (often) prevent those negative feelings from emerging in the first place.

You’ll Have A Healthier Lifestyle.

Whenever you’re in a relationship, you’ll probably begin adopting the habits of your partner into your lifestyle. For example, eating healthier, exercising more frequently, and cutting down on the amount of alcohol you consume each night.

Although it may be something small such as eating a few more vegetables during dinner, good habits implemented over time will bring incredible results. Darren Hardy said it best:

“The accomplishment of any goal is the progressive accumulation, or compound effect, of small steps taken consistently over time.”

Whether it’s taking a daily walk together to increase your fitness, waking up earlier to become more disciplined, or modifying your diet to eat healthier, helping each other to maintain positive habits is a great benefit of being in a healthy relationship.

A healthier life begins with cultivating a strong relationship. Because when you’re able to have reduced levels of stress, better mental health, and positive habits, your life will fundamentally change for the better.

Deep down, you know you have the power to create an incredibly strong relationship that will provide incredible health & happiness until the day you die.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Marcus Aurelius, who speaks so eloquently about the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship:

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”

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