Love for the Health of It!

Love is patient, love is kind, love is good for you! Love and loving relationships have powerful health effects that can help you live a longer, fuller life. Cuddle up to your sweetie, friends, family, and even pets for these benefits:

Stress Less

Multiple studies show that acts of affection such as hugging play a significant role in lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This has heart-protective benefits and can even help combat acne!

Live Longer

Feeling connected to family, friends, and co-workers is essential for your health and longevity. Researchers found that cancer patients with a strong sense of connection to others had more cancercombatting cell activity at the site of the tumor than those who lacked satisfying relationships. This can be attributed to a consistent support network and accountability partner.

Boost positive hormones

The feel-good hormones dopamine, which is a source of energy and optimism, and oxytocin, which helps you relax, are both increased by feeling and expressing love. Fun fact: a study at the University of North Carolina found that hugging raised levels of oxytocin and, as a result, significantly lowered blood pressure!

Enhanced immunity

Love and a strong sense of connection have been linked to higher white blood cell counts. These blood cells help fight off diseases and infections from the common cold to cancer.

 

Sources: prevention.com, newsinhealth.nih.gov, positivepsychologynew.com, growyouthful.com

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ACI Specialty Benefits ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), corporate wellness programs, student assistance, corporate concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. ACI partners with clients to Perk Up employee engagement and performance with benefit programs that improve morale, productivity and the bottom-line. With a 95% customer retention rate and over 7 million lives covered. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit www.acispecialtybenefits.com or call 800.932.0034.
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