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Thoughts on love

  • Looking at a Picture of a Loved One Provides Good Feelings


    A picture may be worth a thousand words but we all know its not the same thing as the actual living, breathing person standing in front of you.

    But let’s not write off the power of a picture yet! A photo of a loved one can actually relieve pain and improve the overall health of someone undergoing an illness.

    “Looking at a picture of a loved one reduced moderate pain by about 40 percent and eased severe pain by about 10 to 15 percent, compared to viewing the picture of an acquaintance.” [Source: The NY Times]

    So the next time you see the shrine of a loved one in someone’s home, you’ll realize that its existence goes beyond a simple memorial for that person; it actually relieves pain and creates good feelings.

    Missing a person you love? Take a few moments with that photo and allow all of the feelings it may evoke. No, it’s not that person. But it still possesses powerful effects on us that can actually make us feel better!


  • Cuddling – Nature’s Painkiller

    Love is a many splendored thing. Of course, it feels good, right? We walk on air and look at the world through an entirely different lens.

    But did you know intimacy actually has healing effects on our bodies? Love is like a special vitamin that fortifies us and makes us stronger! (Move over spinach.)

    Oxytocin (the so-called love or “cuddle” hormone) is made (obviously) during a warm embrace. Oxytocin appears in the brain, ovaries and testicles and is believed to be involved in process of bonding. 

    So sure, oxytocin makes us feel good but get this: it also can decrease headaches substantially (for some, it makes the pain disappear completely).

    Think of that the next time you want to pop a pill for a headache. You might be in need of a good, long hug instead!


  • When Two Lovers Gaze At Each Others’ Eyes

    The eyes definitely have it. Though some exclaim “it’s in his kiss.”

    And while these are just expressions, we know there’s a deeper meaning, don’t we? We can go down a checklist of traits we want in a significant other, but when its all said and done, there’s something much more physical and primal about the whole process of love and matchmaking.

    And most of us have experienced this. That certain zing we have with a person, even if they don’t contain all the characteristics we want so much in a partner.

    Interestingly, there’s science to back it up. Check out this graph:



    This graph displays something quite amazing. Its the heart rate of a man and a woman in a romantic relationship, in almost perfect sync with one another. (No wonder there’s so many references to “hearts” when it comes to love. It’s more than just a metaphor!)

    According to the study:

    This couple was one of the 32 heterosexual couples in a study conducted by physiologies at UC Davis in the US that aimed to see if people in romantic relationships co-regulated their physiologies with their partners. By co-regulated, read change; by physiologies, read heart rates.

    In one of the experiments, the couples sat facing each other but just far enough that they would not be able to touch. The researchers asked them to simply stare at one another for three minutes straight in as calm a manner as possible while they monitored the couple’s heart rates.

    So the next time you feel your heart race around that certain someone, you can ask yourself, “I wonder if his heart is racing just like mine.” You might be surprised to find out, it is!


100 Years in Jewells Business

Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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