Valentines Day is just around the corner. For some, it is all about Cupid and that special someone. For others, there is a sense of dread or lacking if we are not involved in an intimate relationship. The truth is that no one is lacking when it comes to love. Humans are hard wired to bond. Someone once said “A smile is the shortest distance between two people”.
Our connections with each other are health promoting. They mitigate the stress hormone response in our body that interferes with our immune system, creates insulin resistance, and increases inflammation. Over time these disruptions set us up for a multiplicity of chronic diseases.
When we feel a positive connection with another person we are experiencing the release of “feel good” hormones like oxytocin. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated, which helps us relax, boosts the immune system, and decreases inflammation in the body. This creates a sense of happiness and wellbeing necessary for robust health.
Love promoting practices include:
- random acts of kindness
- a simple thank you
- compassion for self and others
Sprinkle liberally throughout your day and experience the warm blanket of love in your life.