Thursday, 23 September 2021

T To Your Health

Love and Your Health

If you’ve been blessed to have loved and been loved, you will probably agree with Ann Landers’ statement that, “If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough.”[1]

Love is easy when people are easy to love. But what about loving the “unlovable,” those people who seem to have few attractive qualities, or who appear to have little inner or outer beauty? In the tale, “Beauty and the Beast,” Belle, a beautiful young girl, is obligated to live at the home of the Beast in exchange for her father’s freedom. Because the Beast is kind to her, her heart eventually turns toward him in love. At one point in the story Belle is allowed to visit her family, with the promise that she will return exactly one week later. When her return is delayed by her jealous sisters, the Beast’s heart is broken. Belle finds him in the rose garden, dying. But when she says she loves him, and weeps over him, her tears turn him into a handsome prince, releasing him from the spell that had made him a beast.

Loving and being loved is just plain good for your health. Scientists have long known that happily married people live longer, have fewer heart problems, lower cancer rates, and enjoy other physical, mental, and social benefits as well.

·         “According to one Harvard University study, married women are 20 percent less likely than single women to die of a variety of causes, including heart disease, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver. Married men enjoy an even greater benefit – they’re two to three times less likely to die of such causes than are single men. Statistics have also shown married people are less likely to be victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes.”[2]

·         “Dean Ornish, M.D., compiled a number of studies on love and health in his book, Love and Survival, the Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy (Harper Collins, 1998). He described one study of nearly 10 thousand married men with no previous history of angina (chest pains). Despite high risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, men who felt loved by their wives experienced half the angina as men who felt their wives did not show them love.”[3]

·         “Levels of the “anti-aging” hormone DHEA, which produces feelings of youth and vitality are also affected by feelings of love. One added benefit is that showing support and affection for loved ones seems to slow the aging process even more than receiving love does.”[4]

·         Love can also lower your cholesterol levels, improve your immune system, and help protect you against all kinds of disease and premature death.  

Like a refreshing oasis in the desert of loneliness, isolation, pain, struggle, and rejection that life can be, sometimes, love nourishes health and happiness. It is vital to human well-being to love, and to be loved in return. As George Sand said, “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

[1] Quoted at:, and many other websites with no citation given.

[2] Healthy Marriage: Why Love is Good for You. Mayo Clinic.

[3] The Health Benefits of Love – How Love can Improve Your Health. M. Langton.

[4] IBID.

Columnist: Dr. David B. Biebel

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Dr. Biebel has authored or co-authored twenty books, including one bestseller: If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? and the Gold Medallion winner, New Light on Depression. His recent releases include Making God Visible and Away in a Manger: The Christmas Story from a Nativity Scene Lamb's Point of View.

His goal is to help people attain and retain optimal physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health (personal wholeness) so they can love the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. He founded Healthy Life Press ( to help new authors with something to contribute in this arena to get their works into print.

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