Everyone knows that falling in love is a huge mood-booster, but it’s also good for our physical health. Here’s how:
First: Love makes you lose weight. Dr. Helen Fisher wrote Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love. And she says that when you’re falling for someone, your body increases production of two appetite-suppressing neurotransmitters. So when all you can think about is your new boyfriend, you don’t think about food.
Next: Love helps you live longer. Duke University psychologist Dr. Redford Williams says that people in love have a 30-percent lower death rate than singles. That’s because being in love lowers level of the heart-damaging stress hormone cortisol, and increases production of infection-fighting white blood cells.
Finally: Falling in love improves memory. In one recent study, people in new relationships had higher levels of the compounds that generate new brain cells, especially in the memory centers. It’s your body’s way of helping you remember important details, like your new flame’s favorite foods, their dog’s name, and their birthday.