This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Fall In Love
1. YOU GET ADDICTED: Falling in love activates areas in the brain that scientists have also found activated in the brains of cocaine addicts. Researchers have found that the dopaminergic subcortical system in the subjects’ brains lit up (which is the neurological region also activated in cocaine addicts) when people look at pictures of their loved ones. When this area and other areas of the brain start working, they “release euphoria-inducing chemicals” — hormones including dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and vasopressin. Oxytocin is also known as “the love hormone” because it’s what causes that warm and fuzzy feeling, and vasopressin can cause “aggression and territorial behavior.” So that’s why falling in love feels so wonderful, and why you’ll lose it if someone tries to make moves on your switie. These chemicals are released throughout different points of attraction, and help bond you with your partner. Like drugs, the more time you spend with this person, the more addicted you become.
2. YOU GET SWEATY PALMS AND HEART RATE INCREASES: Before a big date, you might notice your heart rate tick up and your hands get sweatier. It’s not just a nervous tick that causes your anxiety to rise; it’s actually the stimulation of adrenaline and norepinephrine. There is increased blood flow to the brain’s pleasure center when you develop an attraction to someone new, and the adrenaline and NOREPINEPHRINE hormones are released into your body. Those two hormones contribute to the sweaty palms and heart-skipping-a-beat thing that you experience in those first magic moments. Adrenaline and norepinephrine also lead to feelings of “elation, craving, and focused attention.” This explains the one-track mind you often adopt at the beginning of a courtship.
3. GET BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH: The sensation that we call “butterflies in our stomach” is based in reality. Falling in love releases oxytocin, creating feelings of happiness, but it also releases cortisol, or “the stress hormone.” Romance is emotional, confusing, and stressful. When that stress hormone is released, it contracts the blood vessels around your gut which then leads to nausea. It’s normal to lose your appetite or feel uneasy when you’ve just started seeing someone new. That’s your body’s way of telling you that you really like that person. “Lovesickness may actually be the stress hormone cortisol contracting the blood vessels in your stomach, making you feel sick. The good news is that once you and your dream lover start kissing, some of that stress will be reduced! When you kiss your body releases feel good endorphins and dopamine.
4. YOU BECOME OBSESSED: People at the beginning of a new romance produce less serotonin in their brains. There are also diminished serotonin levels in the brains of those who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Since both conditions (to different extents) also give rise to feelings of anxiety and obtrusive thinking, it is tempting to think of early love as a mild, temporary form of obsessive behavior.” However, your relationship alone shouldn’t cause you to feel anxious and obsessive forever, since serotonin and the aforementioned stress hormone return to previous levels after one year to a year and a half of dating.
5. CHANGE IN YOUR EYES: When you stare at the one you romantically desire, your pupils dilate. All of the excitement and nervousness leads to stimulation of the autonomic nervous system’s sympathetic branch causing pupils to grow in size.
NOW YOU KNOW..HAVE A GREAT DAY FILLED WITH LOVE.. MWAAAA