Show Your People Love—It’s Good For Your Health
Happy Valentine’s Day! This day of love serves as the perfect reminder that we should be showing the people in our lives just how much we love and appreciate them. Whether it’s a partner, family member, friend, or even yourself, expressing love and gratitude can have a profound positive impact on your mental and physical health.
So, let’s put aside the pressure and commercialism of this holiday, and focus on its true meaning: spreading love and kindness to those around us. How? Grab a cup of tea and get ready for some fun, because we are going to walk you through it.
The Love-Health Connection
Before we get into the numerous ways you can express your love and appreciation to the people in your life, let’s talk about how this all connects to your health. It is widely known that our emotional well-being can have a significant impact on our physical health, and the connection between love and health is no exception. Here are just a few ways that expressing your love and appreciation can impact your health.
It Reduces Stress
Not only can feeling loved and appreciated make it easier to cope with stress, but expressing these same positive feelings to others can also help. When we show our affection for others, it can strengthen our bonds and help foster a sense of community that can be relieving and supportive through trying times. Additionally, expressing our love and gratitude has been found to increase the levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain like dopamine and serotonin, which can enhance our mood and happiness. In turn, this boost can help lessen the negative effects that stress can have on our mental and physical health.
It Supports Your Heart
Positive emotions like love and appreciation have been shown to have a protective effect on the heart. This is partially because these emotions often lead to lower levels of stress and anxiety, which are known to contribute to things like blood pressure. However, the impact of love on the heart goes beyond helping manage stress. Being in happy relationships, romantic or otherwise, has been linked to better heart health overall in a variety of ways. For example, one study found that simply writing about your positive feelings for loved ones can promote the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels.
It Boosts Your Immune System
Love and healthy social connections can also strengthen your immune system. Those who have caring and supportive relationships often have larger amounts of white blood cells and antibodies, which are crucial for warding off harmful pathogens. What’s more? Feel-good chemicals like oxytocin and dopamine, which are released when we experience positive emotions, are theorized to also play a role in helping to boost and support immune health.
It Improves Mental Health
Healthy social interactions can do a lot for our mental health by fostering sentiments of love, admiration, and connection. These connections provide us with emotional support and companionship and assist with lowering feelings of loneliness, sadness, and isolation. On top of that, healthy relationships can also provide a sense of safety and belonging as well as motivation and sense of purpose in life, which can also improve your mental health.
Remind People That You Love Them
Expressing your feelings to your loved ones during Valentine’s Day and beyond doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated venture. Something as simple as a few spoken words or a handwritten note will be something they cherish for days, weeks or even years to come. With that in mind, here are some simple and effective ways to express your love to others no matter what time of year it is.
1. Learn About What They Like
We all know how good it feels to know that someone has been listening to us, so take the time to truly listen to others and find out what interests them. Then, if you aren’t familiar with their interests, do a little research to become more knowledgeable on the subject. This will allow you to have a conversation with them about topics they’re interested in, which is sure to delight them because they will get to talk about what they love while also knowing that you have taken the time to listen to them and engage them with their interests. If you want to take this one step further, you can also plan a simple outing or gift for that person involving their interests.
2. Cook Their Favorite Meal
Food truly is a love language for many people around the world. You can choose to make something like cookies or a favorite snack and take it to someone at the office or their home to brighten their day. You can also visit them or invite them over and fix their favorite meal while they relax and enjoy your company. If you are looking for a fun outing, consider inviting a loved one to a cooking class, where you can work together to fix a delicious meal and make some fun, meaningful memories along the way.
3. Send a Voice Message
We all know that spoken words are extremely impactful, but for many of us, it can feel uncomfortable to express ourselves in person. If this is the case for you, one way you can still remind someone that you love them and are grateful for them is to send them a voice message. This is also a great way to connect with loved ones who you may not see regularly because of busy schedules or living in different locations. Something as simple as recording a message checking in is sure to brighten someone’s day.
4. Buy A Gift
This is the tried and tested way of expressing your love and gratitude, which is why it’s often one of the first things that comes to mind when we think about expressing appreciation for others. Remember, gifts don’t have to be large, expensive, or extravagant to be meaningful. You don’t have to strain your budget to give a thoughtful gift. Just think about the likes and interests of your loved one and pick out something they will enjoy. Trust us, they will appreciate it.
5. Create a Scrapbook or Video
If you are looking for a more creative way to express your emotions, then consider making a scrapbook or video for someone you care about. You can use pictures, notes, and written memories to create a thoughtful scrapbook for someone or combine images and video snippets to create a fun video montage that your loved one is sure to appreciate. With a little time and creativity, your options here are limitless.
All five of these options are great places to start, but if you want to take it one step further, consider learning the person’s love language. That way, you can tailor your actions, even more, to make sure your loved ones feel as appreciated as possible
Spread The Love
Now that you have some great ideas on how to show love and gratitude to the people in your life, it’s time to put them into action! And don’t forget, today isn’t the only day you get to do this. Expressing your love and gratitude should be a regular part of your life to get the most out of it. That’s why we consider it an important part of living the #NewEarthLife.
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