Are There Any Real Health Benefits Of Flirting?
Many people out there don’t really need an excuse to engage in a little bit of cheeky flirting, but if you do need a little bit of justification for your flirty ways, say you’re doing it for the good of your health. Obviously, if you are in a relationship, you should So can a flirt a day really keep the doctor away? Well, according to researchers you can boost both your immune system and your emotional state.
When you really think about it, flirting is an essential behaviour, in both humans and animals. It is something that is hard-wired into our brains that has survived thousands of generations – it is one of the ways we choose the suitability of a potential mate. If you look to the animal kingdom, most species will engage in complex rituals to entice a mating partner. There is clearly more to flirting than a cheeky way to pass the time.
- Immune Boost – Studies have shown that people who flirt of a regular basis, generally have a higher white blood cell count. This suggests that these flirtatious individuals have a stronger immune system and may be better equipped to fight off infections. It may not be concrete evidence, but if you are someone who is often ill, what do you have to lose by upping your flirting.
- Pleasure Receptors – When we flirt with someone we find attractive for the first time, a circuit is created within the brain, which will activate pleasure receptors in the brain that releases the feel good chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. So every time we smile at someone we find attractive, or are smiled at by that person, dopamine is released and we instantly feel good.
- Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem – It’s amazing what a little bit of flirting can do wonders for how you feel about yourself. A cheeky bit of banter can help you to feel more attractive and more confident, which can be used to benefit other parts of your life, for example, using that new found confidence to go for a promotion.
So there you have it, everyone can benefit in so many ways, from a little bit of flirting.
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