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.



About ACI Specialty Benefits

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 or call 800.932.0034.
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