Love is Important
Margaret Loveday – Friday, October 03, 2014
Love is a powerful emotion and so important to the health of every living soul. I see it over and over again in the lives of the people that cross my path. There is more and more research proving the positive impact of love on the health of the body. In my book ‘Emily’, the interactions between the characters emphasize this point; Ruby strengthened Emily with her love and attention, enabling her to excel in her life’s journey.
‘Psychology Today’, blogs about the human touch: “We all need human touch and loving affection at every stage of our lives for healthy emotional and neurological development.
A study from UCLA suggests that a loving parental figure may alter neural circuits in children that could influence health throughout a lifespan. And, toxic childhood stress has been linked to elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and other physical conditions posing significant risk. Love protects against childhood stress.”
In their book ‘Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered’, Bruce D Perry, Maia Szalavitz write: “1/3 of babies placed in the barest orphanages can actually die, as a result of being placed in care before the age of 5 years. Each month spent in an orphanage in early life reduces IQ and increases risk of behavioral and psychological problems.
How can, simply being in an orphanage kill a baby? They die from lack of love. When an infant falls below the threshold of physical affection needed to stimulate the production of growth hormone and the immune system, his or her body will breakdown.”
Dr Stephen Sinatra, Cardiologist writes, “Incredible sadness can cause heartbreak – heart disease. Intense anger can cause high blood pressure.”
What is the antidote to these destructive emotions? It has to be pure love!
As I think on this powerful emotion I realise that it is a gift to all who would be willing to receive, and I am even more convinced that love can heal. What do you think?
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