What is Love: 5 Facts You May Not Know
I’m going to start off this post with 3 simple questions:
- What is love?
- What is romantic love?
- Why do people fall in love?
Biologically, love is a powerful condition like hunger or thirst. Falling in love causes our body to release a flood of chemicals that trigger specific physical reactions.
When two people fall in love their levels of dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine increase. This causes people to fall idealize their partner and see only things they want to see in the early stages of a relationship.
Falling in love is exciting. The whole world is a more beautiful place because of the person we’re in love with. While the chemical reaction is fairly common knowledge, we’re sure that the following facts about love will surprise you.
1.) Your Nerve Cells Work Better During the First Year of Being in Love
A protein in our bodies called Nerve Growth Factor is important for the functions of specific sympathetic and sensory nerve cells. During the first year of being in love, those cells thrive and work better than they had before. What this means it that our senses are heightened and our fight or flight response system is more active.
2.) Strangers Can Fall in Love by Looking into Each Other’s Eyes
By looking into one another’s eyes, people who don’t know anything about each other can fall in love. When someone is gazing at you, the person’s body produces a chemical called phenylethylamine, which is tied to the fight or flight response. (Hint, if you want to know what Men Secretly Want, check out this video)
3.) In Less than Four Minutes you’ll Decide if you have Feelings for Someone
It’s common knowledge that body language, as well as the tone and speed of your voice, has more to do with making a good impression on someone than exactly what you say to them. In fact, it breaks down like this:
- 55% is through body language
- 38% is the tone or speed of your voice
- Only 7% is through what we say
But, did you know that you only have four minutes to make that good first impression?
4.) Love and Lust Affect Different Parts of the Brain
Brains in love and brains in lust are different. Erotic photos activate the hypothalamus (which controls hunger and thirst) and the amygdala (arousal) areas of the brain. Love activates areas of the brain with a high concentration of receptors for dopamine and norepinephrine.
5.) Butterflies in the Stomach and Heartache are Real
When you see someone you’re interested in, what seems like butterflies in your stomach is actually adrenaline, a stress response. Also, being rejected sparks strong activity in the parts of the brain associated with physical pain.
Love is a wonderful emotion that causes a long list of chemical reactions. But, it’s about more than just biology. Love brings the world together and is the most important part of being alive.
So, no matter where you are in your search for love, we wish you nothing but the best. And just remember, if you see that attractive stranger across the way looking at you, lock eyes with them and make the next four minutes count. It could change your life.
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