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How Giving and Receiving Love Improves Heart Health

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Loved Ones Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

To better understand the connection between relationships and heart health, researchers measured blood pressures of people during different social interactions. They found that blood pressure tends to decrease significantly when spending quality time with friends or family. The cause of this healthy (and surprising) benefit is a simple one — emotional support.

Hug It out for Better Heart Health

Hugs are a great way to offer emotional support and show someone you care. But hugs do much more than boost your emotional health: They can also impact your heart health. When you hug someone, your body releases oxytocin, which is a powerful hormone that can reduce stress and lower blood pressure — both of which are important to your overall health.

Laugh It Up

We all know the impact a good belly laugh can have: It’s an instant mood lifter and puts a smile on everyone’s face. It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine, but now research can back up that claim. Recent studies show that laughter can reduce stress and help promote blood flow. In fact, participants who laughed at a funny movie had expanded blood vessels and better blood flow, similar to what the body does during aerobic exercise.

Keep It Positive

A positive attitude is good for the body, mind and spirit. The feel-good hormones released when you experience joy, happiness and comfort can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote blood flow. It can be difficult to stay positive all the time. But the next time you’re feeling down, reach out to a friend, family member, co-worker or your partner. Together, you can find the positive in whatever you’re facing.

Find More Ways to Show Your Love

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your family and friends, is to take care of your own health. Be sure to schedule an annual exam with your personal physician at least once a year to check your heart health. Call the Member Experience Center at Call855-747-7476 to get in touch with a primary care physician today!

There are countless ways to show someone you care. Every relationship is unique, but you’re sure to find the right way for you to let your loved one know how you feel about them.

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