Even if you’re celebrating Valentine’s day without a significant other, everyone can all seriously benefit from taking the time to appreciate love today. 

The biology and chemistry of love are very complex, however, we do know a few things. 

  • Experiencing love for a significant other, a friend, family, or even a pet releases a ton of feel-good chemicals into the brain, like dopamine, oxytocin, and adrenaline. 
  • Hugging someone you love can significantly reduce stress
  • Having love in your life drastically reduces your chances of experiencing depression. 
  • Love has the power to reduce both acute and chronic pain. 

Love affects our biology in some pretty amazing ways, and you can reap the rewards without being in a relationship. 

Spend some time with a friend, reach out to your family, or hug your fur-baby today.