Love

Love is like a plant. You can't just stick in a cupboard and expect it to grow. You have take care of it and water it.
– John Lennon

Or as Tina Turner often sings, what’s love got to do with it?  And we don’t necessarily mean head over heels swooning and wilting “in love”-ness here.  Our simple definition of love is a deep emotional connection.  You don’t have to be “in love” with somebody.  You can feel a deep emotional connection in many ways – with your spouse or partner, but also with a close friend, a pet, your garden, a vocation, or a group you’re a part of. 
You can feel emotionally connected with the Earth, with your home, your faith or a special place.

Having one or more deep emotional connections in your life not only makes life more satisfying and rewarding, but also helps to improve and protect your health while slowing the aging process. But how does love affect health and your aging process?

Love is an antidote; love is protection — from the 3 unhealthy emotions, namely, fear/anxiety, anger/hostility, and sadness/despair. 

Our immune system cares about how we feel, in fact, it has developed specialized sensors (receptors) that alert it when we are feeling anxious, angry, or sad.  Why?  Probably because the presence of any of these three emotional states often predicts a likelihood of imminent harm.  When we’re scared, or when we’re angry, it could often be because we were about to be injured or get involved in a fight.  In either case, our immune system needs to urgently prepare to protect us if we are injured.  In the case of despair, you may have given up trying to protect yourself, so your immune system has even more to do.

How does love help? Quite simple, when you are experiencing a deep emotional connection you are much less like to feel anxious, much less likely to feel angry, and less likely to feel despair.

But as John Lennon wisely said, you have to take care of love. You have to practice it.  You need to exercise it.  For ways to practice and cultivate love, read more in UltraLongevity

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