Strengthen your relationship and increase levels of fondness for your partner
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. suggests in her new book Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become that true love isn’t just about romance and companionship. She has found that it springs from something she calls “micromoments of shared positive emotion.” She has found that such moments have the potential to lower our risk for disease and may even influence how our cells regenerate.
Lower your risk of disease and help your cells regenerate
Joy Nordenstrom, founder and CEO of Joy or Romance, Inc. believes the neurological and emotional benefits of this product can, in some cases, save relationships. “Focusing on appreciation for the things a couple have shared together builds a more intimate connection which strengthens the ‘we’ in their brains. This supports the hard wiring of neural pathways, integrating shared reward patterns to make relationships stronger.”
Increase your oxytocin levels thus increasing your levels of trust and bonding
Researchers speculate that the love and connection people feel after writing about their important values could increase the level of hormones related to care giving, such as oxytocin. Because oxytocin increases trust, research shows that when individuals take a few minutes to reflect on their most important values it may also reduce defensiveness and enhance connection.