We live in a world where relationships matter - our family, friends, community, and our special ones. We give importance to them because we love them; we choose to please, understand, and respect them because of the more powerful emotions than any other feelings that can change people and the world, which is love. The word “Love” has been interpreted in many different ways. Some define it in a strong sense of love, and some describe it through virtues of trust, hope, and perseverance. With that, humans have created ways to celebrate love in various generations. In that sense, we humans aim and long for unconditional love because of its benefits in multiple aspects of our lives, including our mental health.
According to Mahatma Gandhi, “Where there is love, there is life.” We live because we are loved and must also love because that is part of us as human beings in this world. It brings peace, unity, and harmony no matter where, when, and how the love came from. It is invincible and has an unbreakable power to lift us out of any emotional misery because it gives us a sense of worth and value which motivates us and gives us courage in life. Most things are achievable with love; without it, life is a never-ending battle against nothingness. On a socioeconomic level, love might help us cope with disease or deprivation. It can also provide us the courage to endure dangerous or challenging situations or the will to live and survive in the face of adversity. Love is a powerful force that instills hope. It promotes a sense of awe, magic, and mystery. When all else fails, there's always love that will heal everything, including our mental health. It provides us the fortitude to confront what we need and has to face and feel because love brings its type of sanity.
There's a lot of love out there, but it's Love that relaxes us, replaces what has been lost, and repairs what has been damaged. It makes us feel complete and alive as if we are a part of something greater than ourselves. A good and supportive connection, whether romantic, familial, friendship, or otherwise, has been related to higher self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence in numerous studies. People can incorporate safer practices into their daily lives, lessen anxiety, and have a lower risk of getting depression or another mental disease if they love each other. Since the most frequent mental health problems are depression and anxiety, there is a definite link between sadness, fear, and social isolation. Marrying, on the other hand, reduces depression in both men and women, according to a study from the Department of Health and Human Services in 2017. High levels of support from the family and friends have also been demonstrated to enhance prognosis in situations like myocardial infarctions and cancer by reducing the sensations of anxiety and depression commonly linked with these illnesses, according to a study.
Love indeed conquers all. It brings joy, peace, hope, and unity to everyone expressing and embracing this powerful emotion. It can make the worst into better and ugly into beautiful. It can heal the sick, brings hope to the hopeless, brings peace to war, brings unity to division, and brings change not just to the people but to the whole world. Love can improve us physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mostly, mentally. So, choose to love and let love heal us and our world.
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