Love, Romance and Travel Can Help You Live Longer, Healthier & Happier Lives
(The Best Years in Life) Isn't love grand? Besides being exciting and fulfilling, it also turns out that it is good for your health and longevity. Studies and experts agree: having a caring and loving relationship can lead to a healthier, happier and longer life. Traveling with a partner can make it that much better.
The health benefits of a loving,
Experts agree that it takes a happy,
calm and stable relationship to yield
the best health benefits and they
caution that an unhappy relationship can
result in negative health consequences.
When you do have a positive
relationship, here are some of the many
benefits according to experts and
Stronger immune system
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon
University found that people who exhibit
positive emotions are less likely to get
sick after exposure to cold or flu
Ohio State University Medical Center
researchers found that blister wounds
healed nearly twice as fast in spouses
who interacted warmly toward each other.
Better cardiovascular health
People with stable relationships also
tend to have more stable blood pressure.
A study in the Annals of Behavioral
Medicine found happily married people
had the best blood pressure, followed by
singles. Unhappily married participants
fared the worst.
Less depression and substance abuse
According to a Health and Human Services
report, getting married and staying
married reduces depression in both men
and women. Marriage also contributes to
a decline in heavy drinking and drug
abuse, especially among young adults.
A growing body of research indicates
that married people live longer. One of
the largest studies found that people
who had never been married were 58
percent more likely to die than married
Note that though most studies have
focused on marriage, other loving and
caring relationships likely have the
same benefits - for example, partners,
parents, or friends. "There is solid
evidence that people who participate in
satisfying, long-term relationships fare
better on a whole variety of health
measures," says Harry Reis, PhD,
co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Human
Other benefits of a healthy, caring
* Less anxiety
* Better fitness
* Clearer skin
* Natural pain reductions
* Better regulated menstrual cycle
Boost your longevity even further
Travel can help people establish and
maintain a healthy lifestyle, says Dr.
David Lipschitz, director of the Center
on Aging at the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences.
Lipschitz says that the two most
important factors for longevity are
health and happiness, and travel helps
to foster both. Traveling with a spouse
or significant other is a great way for
couples to stay mentally sharp,
reconnect through shared experiences,
rekindle romance and increase intimacy.
Love and relationship tips
When looking for love, many miss out due
to trying to find the "perfect partner."
As the saying goes, "Perfect love comes
not from finding someone perfect to
love, but rather finding how to love
someone who is imperfect perfectly."
Once you have found love and/or
companionship, remember that it takes
effort to keep love and relationships
strong and fresh. Here are some tips on
how to keep relationships from fading:
1. Be a caring listener who is attentive
to your partner's needs.
2. Vary your daily routine and try doing
new things - such as new hobbies or
visiting new sights.
4. Small gestures of endearment can reap
big returns. For example: a caring note
or card, a handpicked bunch of flowers,
making an unexpected dinner with
candlelight, a small, unexpected gift,
5. Always be aware that love is not a
one-way street and that a world for two
cannot revolve around just one.
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