Cupid’s Healing Arrow
It’s February 14th, and we all know what that means: Email messages about love and health. I was surprised today by the number of unsolicited email I received about love and the hea
lth benefits that are tied to being in love. I got email from a variety of sources ranging from my employer to a physical therapist that used to treat me. Most were pointing to the work of researchers at both Yale and Western Case Reserve University. Well, I’ve done my own research and can provide a more in-depth analysis to these findings.
Finding #1 – Men who are most in love have substantially less blockage in their coronary arteries. This comes from Dr Dean Ornish’s book entitled Love & Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy. By itself that finding is somewhat interesting, but let me provide a little more insight. On a random sample of 1 that I just conducted this morning, I learned that men who are “most in love” have wives who cook dinner so they don’t eat a lot of fast food. Wives who don’t provide delicious, healthy meals are essentially saying, “You should go to McDonald’s and kill yourself because I don’t care and you love hamburgers more than me.”
My research also finds that men who are “most in love” usually have wives who clean the house regularly and spend large amounts of time providing in-home service. This naturally keeps a woman healthy and trim. Because she is in shape from all the cleaning and service, she doesn’t want to purchase junk food. By default the husband doesn’t have as much garbage to eat and stays healthy. More importantly, he is “most in love” because he has an industrious wife.
Finding #2 – Men who said they are loved by their wives have less angina. First of all, isn’t angina the funniest word? I feel dirty writing it. Anyway, this is very easy to explain and didn’t require an extensive research study like the one I did for Finding #1. Although angina is usually caused by coronary artery disease, stress can aggravate things and induce chest pain since the heart is busy trying to pump blood. Some men are naturally ignorant to life and don’t realize the travails and troubles associated with marriage. These men truly espouse the notion that ‘ignorance is bliss’. If you are ignorant and unaware, then you don’t have as much stress and are therefore more likely to tell people that your wife loves you. There
Those are just a few of my thoughts. I hope this provides a more balanced look at love and how it can sustain good health. Enjoy your chocolates, candy and fancy dinners tonight!’s nothing wrong with this. Many husbands wish they could be in this category. Shallow Hal anyone?