Valentine’s Day…the day Saint Valentine was murdered for illegally wedding young couples blissfully in love.  (The Roman Emperor, Claudius II, had made it illegal for young couples to wed as he thought being in love made soldiers weak; thus, making his army weak.)  Now a holiday celebrated around the world and bringing in $18 billion annually.  This day has a long history of love and bloodshed since the very beginning.

What is Valentine’s Day to you?

  • A day to celebrate with your significant other?
  • A day to celebrate love with all of those that you love?
  • A day to be reminded of just how alone and miserable you really are?
  • A day to stress over what to buy those you love, or stress over where to eat, or just stress in general?

No matter your answer there is a chance it will affect your health or at least have the potential to.  Love is quite possibly the strongest human emotion!  So, it only makes sense such strong emotions could impact your physical & mental health.

On the brighter side of Valentine’s Day: for those in love, the following are scientific facts:

  • Fewer Doctors’ Visits & Shorter Hospital Stays
  • Less Depression & Substance Abuse
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Less Anxiety
  • Less Pain (less headaches & backaches; over all less pain even when subjected to an electric shock)
  • Better Stress Management
  • Fewer Colds
  • Faster Healing
  • Longer Life
  • Happier Life

On the darker side of Valentine’s Day… those that are lonely are at a higher risk for a variety of physical and mental conditions such as:

This Valentine’s Day let’s try to make the most of it and share love where and when we can.  Do a little something nice for others to get those endorphins going.  Spread love…it quite literally could add years to your life!

On a side note, it is scientifically proven that chocolate has many health benefits and so does a serving of wine.  Just in case you are looking for gift ideas for your single friends or your significant other!

Resources:

https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/health-benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-wine