I adore this littl’ angel (well, angel most of the time! 😅) so much I almost cannot get over how much joy he gives me. It’s warming my heart just typing this. 🥰 Anyway, I adore science. It’s my jam. It makes me feel good to have more interesting knowledge. Maybe you feel the same way? Science is so fascinating and cool, even the science of healthy relationships! So with this photo, I will list four surprising health benefits of supportive, non-toxic relationships (which can include puppies and other animals!): 🐩✨🐩⭐️🐩
❤️ We bolster our immune systems ~ Studies show that people who engage in supportive, positive relationships (even with pets) produce more oxytocin and seem less likely to succumb to the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression.
❤️We achieve lower blood pressure ~ The safe and secure feeling of a positive relationship calms anxiety and keeps your blood pressure in check. Sudden negative emotions can lead to sensations mimicking a heart attack, also known as ‘broken heart syndrome.’ It stands to reason the opposite is true, as well.
❤️ We heal quicker ~ Studies show that patients in hospitals with strong social support have better recoveries. This can be from friends or family, or even support from an animal partnership, like a pet.🐩✨ Improved recovery can be attributed to lower levels of stress hormones, like cortisol. .
❤️We live longer! ~ Studies show that those engaged in positive relationships live longer. People, particularly men, are healthier when they're married, and they live longer. Experts attribute this phenomenon to factors like reduced stress, and in romantic relationships a partner often gives up bad habits—like heavy drinking or smoking—in support of the relationship. As a result, healthy habits increase longevity. Studies also show we can receive these benefits non-romantic relationships and from pets too!
If you are interested in more info/details, I can provide the studies! Just send me a DM. Also, if you read the book Healthy at 100, there are multiple chapters with references on the subject.
P.S. I posted photos with presets vs. no presets because I can’t decide which I like better! Dress also posted & tagged.🎄🐩💃