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Planning on celebrating with loved ones this week for Valentine’s Day? Turns out you can toast to your love and to your health!

Giving and receiving affection has been linked to many different health benefits, such as lowering stress and blood pressure, and boosting memory and immunity. 

The benefits of hugging and embracing all link back to the hormone oxytocin – the love hormone that connects to social bonding.  Physical contact also has been shown to help sustain a positive attitude throughout the day and long-lasting relationships.

Sharing a smooch with your sweetheart also has a variety of health benefits!  Aside from reducing stress, kissing also revs-up your metabolism, gives your immunity a healthy boost, and can even reduce physical pain because of the endorphins released  - which can be more powerful than morphine.

Reap the health benefits of giving and receiving affection this Valentine’s Day week with your loved one!

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