Happy Valentine’s Day! There are health benefits for you if you’re single or if you’re in a happy relationship. I found a few of them (that could be backed up with some kind of evidence) and listed them in no particular order. Remember, the results of one study does not mean something is true, so take everything on this lighthearted list with a grain of salt...or a candy heart.
Benefits of being single
- You’re way more social.
- People tend to gain weight when they’re in a happy relationship. In fact, when a person is in a relationship with someone who is obese, their risk of becoming obese increases.
- You probably get more sleep.
- Single women are less likely to be depressed than married women (with kids).
- You don’t have to worry about the toll stressful relationships take on your endocrine and immune systems, mental health, and weight.
Benefits of being coupled up
- You are more likely to receive adequate and timely cancer treatment.
- You are less likely to die after cardiac surgery.
- Holding hands and hugging may help reduce stress. (Though this isn’t limited to romantic relationships!)
- If you’re a man, you’re likely to drink less alcohol than your single counterparts.
- Frequent sex may increase your immunoglobulin level, which is an indicator of immune health
- Your wounds may heal faster.
Also! My dear friend Lorelei and I started a podcast miniseries about love songs. It’s called Love It! a Music Podcast with Lorelei + Teagan. Our first episode focuses on stories that our friends and family told us about their personally meaningful love songs. Stream or download it for your listening pleasure.