Identify a range of health benefits associated with feelings of love; distinguish love-related facts from myths; describe a variety of ways to reap the health benefits associated with love.


NHES 1: Describe connections between emotional, physical, and social health.


CASEL: Relationship skills





Lesson Plan: Your Body On... Love 

A little bit of love can go a long way toward improving your health and mood. 

1. Preparing to Read

Before you read the article “Your Body On... Love,” ask your students the following pre-reading question:

How do feelings of love affect my mind, body, and mood?

2. Reading and Discussing

  • Have your students read the article “Your Body On... Love” independently; read the article out loud to them; or have students  partner-read the article out loud.
  • After they’ve read the article, revisit the pre-reading question. Have their answers changed?
  • Next, have your students answer the Close-Reading and Critical-Thinking questions, either working in small groups or independently.

Close-Reading Questions
The following questions can be shared in printable or interactive form from the Resources tab. 

  1. How can being in love or feeling cared for impact the immune system, according to what you read?
  2. Is romantic love the only type of love that has health benefits? Explain your answer with information from the article. 

Critical-Thinking Questions

  1. Think of the last time someone did something to show they cared for you. What did they do, and how did it make you feel?

  2. Why do you think some teens might mistake an abusive relationship for a loving one?

3. Building Comprehension and Vocab

Check students’ comprehension of and engagement with the story with the following assessment tools:

  • Quiz

  • Vocab Builder

4. Expanding SEL Opportunities

Continue the learning journey with the following extension activity:

In SPREAD THE LOVE, have students list small, manageable ways they plan to express that they care for others during the week. Then, have them execute these small actions and journal about how spreading love made them feel!

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