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7 Scientific Benefits of Love

Update Date: Feb 13, 2013 07:58 AM EST
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7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Love

The feeling of joy while being with a loved one has been studied well by people in lab-coats, who found that love can really do wonders to a person's life and health. Here are 7 scientifically proven benefits of love.
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Kissing Lowers Cholesterol

According to Kory Floyd, professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, kissing and other expressions of love can lower cholesterol levels and strengthens the immune system.
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The Love Drug- Nature's Answer to Pain

That intense, passionate feeling of love can be just as effective as drugs used to treat pain, says a study from Stanford University School of Medicine. Arthur Aron and team found that passionate love increases activity in the brain region called nucleus accumbens, which is the key center for addiction induced by drugs like cocaine. Yes, science says passionate love can get you high and hooked for long!
(Photo:REUTERS/Lucy Pemon)One way to stay motivated to exercise is to adopt more positive thinking.

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Managing Mid-Life Crises

Being in a long-term relationship can cut the risk of early death in both men and women, says a recent study from Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Researchers from Duke University Medical Center found that emotional and functional support from partners increased a person's chances of making it successfully to old age.
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Better Sleep

Researcher Lisa Diamond and colleagues from University of Utah studied more than 30 couples' health before, during and after separation. They found that when couples separate, a hormone called cortisol that has been linked to stress and anxiety increased, and these people reported less sleep during the separation.
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Love is Good for Mental Health

This largely depends on the kind of relationship you are in. A study published in Personal Relationships found that people in long-term relationships, especially the ones where both partners feel secure, tend to have lower mental problems and good sleep, even if the couple has conflicts from time to time.

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