7 Surprising Emotional & Physical Benefits of a Great Relationship

Romantic relationships require time, energy and sacrifice. To be successful, we often practice selflessness, listening, communication, compromise, empathy, patience, and loyalty.

Research has shown that there are many benefits from being in a loving relationship. This extends beyond the fun, enjoyment, security, partnership, and companionship you’ve probably come to expect. Here are 7 additional advantages:

Hugs lower stress & decrease sickness

Hugs can help you avoid sickness. They release oxytocin, improve bonding and lower stress and anxiety. They even boost your immune system. Hopefully, you and your partner regularly hug and snuggle. Make it a habit.

Good Sex has a multitude of benefits

Sex can improve your memory, your mood, your sleep, and your immunity. The average married couple has sex once a week or bi-weekly.

Laughter has emotional & physical benefits

Studies show that laughter relieves pain, improves mood and lowers stress. Research shows that when partners handle laughter and being laughed at in similar ways, they’re more likely to be happy with the relationship. Shared laughter is also a good indicator that a relationship will last.

Your Sleep is improved

Women who are married generally sleep better than singles. Sleep reduces inflammation, stress, improves memory, allows your body to repair itself and aids creativity. One researcher said that married couples spend a third of their lives sleeping together!

Mental Health Issues occur less in married couples

Studies show that married people have significantly lower rates of depression and other psychiatric diagnoses than never married, cohabitating or divorced folks.

There’s less risky behavior

Studies find that when people are married they exhibit less substance abuse, dangerous driving and take fewer risks.

Your Partner Can Lower Your Stress & Pain

Studies have shown that just thinking about your partner can lower blood pressure in a stressful situation. Other studies show when your partner holds your hand you can tolerate more pain.

These are just some of the surprising benefits of a good relationship. Hopefully, they will make you smile and appreciate your partnership even more today.

Dr. Sherman is a psychologist and author of the upcoming book, ‘Facebook Dating: From 1st Date to Soulmate.’ You can learn more about it here or check out her website www.DrPauletteSherman.com

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