We have all heard about the studies suggesting couples who have been in love for long live longer, but can love alone really have that much of an impact on your health? According recent research, it can and it is not just being in love or getting regular exercise from love making that will keep you healthy. You may be surprised by exactly how love can affect your health and just how simple it is to get the benefits. Here are some of proven health benefits of love and how you can get in on them. 1. BETTER HEALTH OF THE HEART : Despite high risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, men who felt loved by their partners experience half the health problems compared to men who felt their partners did not show them love. 2. LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: It may seem hard to believe, but just putting your affectionate feelings down on paper can lower your cholesterol level. 3. INCREASED YOUTH HORMONES: Levels of the Anti Aging hormone DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone, which produces feelings of youth and vitality, are also affected by feelings of love. Interestingly, showing support and affection for loved ones seems to slow the aging process even more than receiving love does. 4. PAIN RELIEF AND STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM: It is not just romantic love that can improve your health. Just showing your care and concern for others in your community can also provide health benefits. Results shows that just helping out in the community offered relief from pain related to stress sensitive conditions like multiple sclerosis, and headaches, and lupus. Research suggests the effects is due to relaxation and endorphin release. 4. MAKING LOVE: It is more than just exercise. There are numerous health benefits to love making. Many are the same as non physical expressions of love, but stronger. For instance, simply being in love increases your DHEA levels. And Just before orgasm and ejaculation, DHEA spikes to levels three to five times higher than usual. But there are some benefits to love making that non physical affection does not supply. Men who have sex at least twice a week were half as likely to die as men who had sex less than once a month. This applied to the young as well as the elderly. Regular intercourse also promotes prostate health by reducing the likelihood of fluid build up in the organ. For women, love making increases estrogen levels, which helps keep the heart healthy. Both partners benefit from emotional intimacy during sex, which eases stress and fosters an overall sense of well being. It is not just the inside that benefits. Making love can help keep you looking good, too. Couples with a healthy sex life can look up to seven years younger than those who are not as intimate. Considering what a powerful emotion love is, maybe it should not be surprising that it can protect your heart, up you levels of youthful hormones, and even lower your cholesterol. Love may have its ups and downs, but overall, at least from a medical perspective, it is worth it.