What Happens To Your Body When You’re In Love
We’ve all been in love at one time or another. It could be someone from your high school clique who you spend most of your afternoons with or someone from work who happens to be the guy who’s always available when you’re craving for a chicken burrito at 5pm or it could be the guy who you go to the gym with.
It doesn’t matter who you’re in love with really, because once you’re in love your whole body experiences weird and unexplainable things.
But luckily, science has an explanation for it. Being in love is truly one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Amazing is even an understatement because no word can truly describe how you feel when you’re in love.
If you’ve always been curious why you feel different than usual when you’re in love or why you feel like you’re floating on cloud 9,
Science Has the Answer
Here’s what happens to your body when you are in love.
Love at First Sight
How many of your friends admitted to falling in love at first sight? And how many of those confessions did you take seriously? Well, researchers say that there is such a thing as love at first sight.
You can fall in love with someone you just met even if it’s just 1/5 of a second. This is caused by an increase in protein called NGF or nerve growth factor. When your in love your nerve growth factor goes up.
So when someone you know says she fell in love at first sight, don’t mock them nor make of them because love at first sight does exist based on science.
Butterflies in Your Stomach
Does the thought of seeing your boyfriend after work gives you butterflies in your stomach? If it does then you are indeed in love.
Researchers have finally uncovered the mystery as to why people who are in love report of butterflies in their stomach.
A team of neurologists was able to identify four parts of the human brain that react whenever a person is in love. The three parts were linked to feelings of excitement and happiness when in love, the fourth part was found to be associated to churning sensations in the stomach.
These findings were derived from brain scans of subjects who were show pictures of people whom they were madly in love with.
Did you know that your pupils naturally dilate when you look at something you like?
The same is true when you look at someone you love.
So the next time you see someone with dilated pupils it simply means they are either in like with you or in love with you.
But don’t pick a fight with your boyfriend if his pupils don’t dilate around you. Just kidding.
Your brain becomes inundated with different kinds of chemicals such as dopamine, cortisol and vasopressin when you’re in love.
Dopamine is a chemical that is released during pleasurable situations such as being in love. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is significantly lower when a person is in love.
When you’re in love you tend to feel more relaxed and euphoric and there’s no place for you to feel stressed.
How Long It Lasts
Researchers found reasons to believe that the changes in brain chemistry do not last for more than year. After a year it spirals back to its original level before you fell in love.
In every relationship there is such a thing as the “honeymoon stage” where all your emotions are in an all-time high unfortunately this stage is not going to last forever.
However, this does not mean you’ll fall out of love. It simply means the euphoria you once felt when you first started going out is no longer the same.
In other words, overtime it the feeling slowly dwindles the longer you are in the relationship. But if you choose to cuddle you can increase the oxytocin level in your body.
This hormone is also coined as the “cuddle hormone”. Your brain releases oxytocin during times of intimacy.
Goodbye to Headaches
It has been found that when you are in love your experience lesser headaches because of the chemical oxytocin your brain releases.
So the next time you’re feeling tired from work, give your partner a cuddle not only does it help your relationship it also makes you feel better.
Love is a mysterious and fascinating thing because you don’t fore it to happen. When it happens, it happens and it changes you in ways you never could have imagined possible.
So if you are wondering why you feel butterflies in your stomach or you feel like you’re floating in cloud 9, it’s actually your body’s reaction to being in love and being attracted to somebody else.
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