A while back I wrote a blog about why it’s great to stay single. So due to public pressure, heh, I feel I have to show the converse side; why being part of a couple is good for you.
Just to help you make the right decision for you!
So according to Florida State University in 2010, which observed 1,621 college students, single people have higher rates of depression. In fact, those with multiple sexual partners were even more likely to be depressed. So single and promiscuous are not the ingredients to a happy life after all, unless you’re James Bond…and who is? Even James bond isn’t really James Bond!
Of course, you may not be in a relationship in the first place because you are depressed. So it is a bit of a catch 22.
“Love Hurts”, but maybe it really doesn’t when you are in a committed relationship. In fact according to a 2010 study published in the journal PLoS ONE, love may actually numb your pain!
Researchers subjected 15 college students who said they were intensely in love to mild pain they placed a heat block in the palm of the students’ hands while showing them pictures of a loved one or an equally attractive stranger.
The results showed that a picture of their loved one distracted them from the pain, but a picture of another person of equal attractiveness was not as helpful. Images of their brains using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) confirmed that while looking at pictures of their romantic partner, they experienced increased activity in reward-processing regions of the brain, and decreased activity in pain-processing regions.
The students also performed a word-association distraction task while the heat block emitted moderate-intensity heat. In this case, their pain levels were reduced by an average of 36 percent while they were distracted by doing the task, but decreased by 44.7 percent while they looked at pictures of a romantic partner.
There is also a correlation between love opportunities and life opportunities. When you are happy in love, you feel like you want to be a better person, job and money opportunities open up for you and you feel more confident to bring those opportunities to fruition.
Two heads are better than one! When you have a partner you love and trust, it is easier to work through problems in your life. With two of you working on it you feel less of the burden yourself and you can be happier and feel lighter with both of you on the case!
Sex! Let’s face it sex is a very strong motivator. When in a relationship it is comforting to know that sex is there when you need it and you don’t have to risk your life, health or mental well-being by going out and looking for a partner. If you are still looking for love try finding local singles by using a chatline or meeting website!
As always kiddies, good luck in life and love and be well!