Health professionals tell us how a happy relationship can lead to a healthier life
Love has that magical quality of inducing good health from within. It rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit by releasing chemicals that contribute to wellbeing. Professionals, who deal with various aspects of the human personality, reveal the wonderful power of love.
Love is not just a feeling it is important to our wellbeing. It plays an important role in good health for the mind, body and soul. It also contributes to the wellbeing of those around us as we radiate happiness and they benefit from our sense of wellbeing.
Psychiatrist Dr Nirmala Rao, says, “A happy relationship releases happy hormones, which in turn keep tension and pressure at bay. Positive emotions release health boosting chemicals that offer several health benefits. A happy relationship increases the security from within about the relationship and one is more comfortable of giving totally to that relationship. The give and take networking in a good relationship is better and these factors help live a positive lifestyle.”
The wonderful relationship between our feelings and our health is revealed by homeopath Dr Padmaja Pai Shenoy. According to her, “One way to achieve good health is to be optimistic, count your blessings and live with an attitude of gratitude. If we have a few things in our life as our bright spots and focus on those we can deal with pain with more equanimity and are able to endure the tough times with our faith and ability to endure.
There is no fun living a life full of dissatisfaction, complaining and being anxious and fearful. It is vital to move ahead with faith and hope. It is vital to live each moment fully and happily. This is the only way enjoy a prolonged good healthy life.”
Dietician Shobha Rajgopal, says, “A healthy relationship, be it a relationship between spouses, parents, siblings or friends brings to realisation the meaning and power of love, compassion, graciousness and gives a new dimension and meaning to life. A positive attitude, cheerfulness, confidence, mental and physical wellness are the prerequisites required to build communication and camaraderie. Ensure that you divert your energies towards excellence in health and fitness through food and exercise which will help one to connect with your mind, body and spirit.”
Backing up the above facts is valuable research in the field. Professor of Human Development, Goa, Larissa Rodrigues, informs, “Research has proved that on an average, married people live longer than single people because single people feel lonelier. Happily married people usually live longer than those who are unhappy with their marriages. This is due to the increased levels of stress. This does not mean that people with happy marriages have no stress – it means that a problem shared is a problem halved. Stress (physical or psychological) results in a decreased performance of the immune system, which further predisposes one to illnesses.”