Romantic relationships, no matter their length, can be complicated, frustrating, and demanding. Although every couple has their issues, overall, partnering can actually give our physical and psychological well-being a big boost.
As humans, the relationships we form with other people are vital to our mental and emotional wellbeing, and really, our survival.
Increased Dopamine and Testosterone
Relationships offer some particularly enthralling health boosts. In men, a new romantic partner can trigger the release of testosterone and dopamine, chemicals that can contribute to feelings of lust, attachment, and happiness — they also help your body recover and feel good.
Numerous studies have found that married men live longer than those who never married or those whose marriages ended.
One potential reason is that married men tend to tone down their lifestyle once they partner up.
Emotional support has a very positive effect on psychological health through making people feel cared for and listened to. It also aids people in reaching difficult physical goals, like quitting smoking or losing weight.
Being in a committed relationship is linked to less production of cortisol, a stress hormone. This suggests that married or paired people are less responsive to psychological stress and that the social and emotional support that comes with having a partner can be a great buffer against stress.
Healthy relationships set the perfect tone for an overall healthy lifestyle. If your spouse, friends or other loved ones encourage eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, etc., you’re likely to follow in their footsteps. It’s a lot easier to take on healthy behaviour when you surround yourself with people who are doing the same.