Love is beautiful and exists everywhere. Love isn’t just being connected to someone in a relationship. It is deeper than that and means more than that. Love can be found in the love or passion for life or purpose. The deepest, most powerful, and purest love is unconditional love.
Unconditional love is profound because it’s loving with no conditions, loving with forgiveness, and loving no matter what. Your pet can love you unconditionally. Your love for a child can be unconditional. And the Divine’s love for you is unconditional. Have you ever felt a warm and fuzzy feeling of happiness coming from your heart that feels euphoric? Well, that’s love in your heart. Wow, right? It’s an incredible feeling. So, why is love so good for the heart?
Here are the reasons why love is good for your heart
1. Love triggers the “feel good” hormone
That warm and fuzzy feeling I just mentioned- That’s called the “feel good” hormone, oxytocin. Your body starts to produce oxytocin when you’re in love, which triggers dopamine, the neurotransmitter that technically sends a message to your brain that love feels good. When you have high levels of dopamine, you start to feel a state of euphoria. The feeling of being “in love” or “lovesick” because you can’t eat or sleep- well, that’s because the dopamine chemicals make you feel so incredibly happy. Love hormones and happiness are really good for the heart.
2. Love decreases heart disease
Love not only improves your immune system, but it also can decrease heart disease and reduce cardiac-stress. Love is a medicine that can help decrease stress, which can cause the body to release cortisol. When you love more and stress less, the love decreases the production of cortisol, which lowers the risk of developing heart disease. It can also lower the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. Love can help with many symptoms- even anxiety. However, stress can cause heart damage resulting in congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and even death. Yikes! The key to defeating stress is to love more, and stress less- Is that even possible? Yes, it is known that love always wins.
3. Love can heal a broken heart
Did you know that “broken heart syndrome” really exists? It’s actually fascinating how the heart is affected by emotional distress and disruption when there is sadness in the heart from the death of a loved one, a painful breakup or divorce, or the loss of a pet. Your heart can respond to this by changing its shape as a response to emotional distress. Crazy, right? It’s more common in women, and is technically called, “stress-induced cardiomyopathy”.
Your heart can change shape from emotional distress
Have you ever experienced that painful aching feeling when you suffer from a loss or death of a loved one? It can be extremely painful. Almost like knives in your heart that prevent you from breathing normally. When the heart is stunned like this from a traumatic event, it gets weak from the acute stress, which causes the left heart ventricle to become weak. The heart typically contracts and has an arrow-like shape, but when the traumatic experience happens, the heart changes shape. The left heart ventricle fails to function, which changes the shape of the heart to more of a round shape.
The heart can recover and take on its normal shape after the acute emotional distress subsides- Phew! Why is love good for a broken heart? Because love is the healing source of a broken heart. Love found from within. Through adversity, there is a triumph- meaning, you can use your experience and your broken heart to heal others. You can be a testimony and bring love and joy to others just by sharing your experience. Not only will it be healing for your heart, but it will heal others too. You can start by volunteering, or by doing one random act of love and kindness. Your heart will return to its normal shape after being broken, and your love for yourself and others will resume.
4. Love of self, improves your heart health
Love, most importantly, love for yourself, can improve your heart health. If you love yourself and care for yourself, you lower your risk of heart disease. When you love yourself, you eat healthier. You take care of your body by grooming and exercising. You get regular health check-ups, and you do things that make your heart happy.
There is no better medicine than love and loving yourself. Loving yourself improves your self-esteem and self-confidence. Practice loving you and loving your life- it’s a gift. Try to bring love and joy into your life every day. Be kind and forgive yourself. Fall in love with yourself and treat yourself like you would treat someone you are in love with.
Showing love for others
Lower your stress by showing love for others as well. Hug them often and hold their hand. Human touch is an expression of love, which is also very good for the heart. Love doesn’t have to be romantic. There are all types of love: love of self, love of family, love of children, love of pets- all of these are different forms of love. The best kind of love for your heart is unconditional love, pure and profound, eternal love.
Do you need to strengthen your heart? Practice loving yourself unconditionally. You will reap the benefits of this self-love emotionally, mentally, and physically. Remind yourself that loving yourself first and foremost is important for your heart health. The feeling of love inside you, all around, and all year long is euphoric. The phrase, “love is in the air” is indeed true- it’s everywhere and if you look close enough, you will see it. Love is the gateway to happiness and can be found all around you. It’s the pathway to a healthy heart. Love is the best medicine for your heart and it really does do the heart, good!