As the Beatles song suggests, “love is all you need” when it comes to living a happy and healthy life. In fact, several scientific studies back up the fact that those in committed relationships live much healthier lives, in both mind and body, when compared to their bachelorette and bachelor counterparts.
Here are seven reasons why happily ever after means healthier ever after for couples in love…
1. Love Hurts So—Good!
According to a PLOS One study, you can literally take the lyrics, “Come on baby, make it hurt so good” to heart. The study monitored the way individuals in relationships vs. single individuals handled pain.
According to the study findings, individuals in pairs processed pain a lot more effectively when they were administered mild stimuli while viewing images of their partner—compared to when viewing images of attractive acquaintances. The findings showed that seeing your love diminished the overall pain experience.