Love promotes health
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Love has consequences for health and well-being. Engaging in joyful activities such as love may activate areas in the brain responsible for emotion, attention, motivation and memory (i.e., limbic structures), and it may further serve to control the autonomic nervous system, i.e., stress reduction. This specific CNS activity pattern appears to exert protective effects, even on the brain itself. Moreover, anxiolytic effects of pleasurable experiences may occur by promotion of an inhibitory tone in specific areas of the brain. Thus, love and pleasure clearly are capable of stimulating health, well-being and (re)productivity: This wonderful biological instrument makes procreation and maintenance of organisms and their species a deeply rewarding and pleasurable experience, thus ensuring survival, health, and perpetuation.

Author(s): 
Esch, Tobias
Stefano, George B.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Journal Abbreviation: 
Neuro Endocrinol. Lett.
Publication Date: 
2005-06
Publication Year: 
2005
Pages: 
264-267
Volume: 
26
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
0172-780X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 15990734

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Tobias Esch and George B. Stefano. 2005-06. "Love promotes health." Neuro Endocrinology Letters 26: 3: 264-267.

Wikipedia Citation

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