The Affection Connection: 14 Ways Good Relationships Boost Health

Cleveland Clinic tips on how friends and family can enhance mood, heart health and happiness (15 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic/ on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:49PM

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The Affection Connection: 14 Ways Good Relationships Boost Health

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They Help You Chill Out

Have you ever stopped to notice what happens to your body when, after an intense day at work or dealing with the kids nonstop, you seek out your partner, a trusted family member or a good friend for support? When you’re connected to someone — where love, support and emotional intimacy are the foundation — and you’re able to be in the presence of that person, there’s a whole measurable physiological response that happens: “Your muscles relax, you feel calmer and you don’t have stress hormones being pumped and dumped throughout your body,” says Jane Ehrman, MEd, CHES, a mind-body medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

In a word, more and more, science is backing up what we’ve instinctively known all along: Having at least one healthy relationship — and ideally more than one — is as critical to your health as good nutrition, exercise and stress management, say Cleveland Clinic docs.

Learn how to live happy, eat well and be strong—with help from Cleveland Clinic.

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