25 (Strange) Facts About Love They Didn’t Teach You In Sex Ed.
Love is a fascinating subject and powerful force, which is why so many people spend their lives learning more about it. Sometimes, this happens even if that wasn't their original intention.
Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant spent 75 years following 268 male undergraduates from the university. In the end, the participants' happiness and life fulfillment was directly connected to, you guessed it, love.
"Joy is connection,” Vaillant told The Huffington Post in 2013. "The more areas in your life you can make connection, the better."
Below you'll find a selection of facts about love, from fun statistics to scientific research. Keep in mind that while some facts are universally true, others may deviate according to different studies.
#1. Brain scans reveal that when someone is shown a photo of someone they love, a sort of cortical de-activation occurs, particularly in the frontal cortex which is involved in making judgements. This explains how you can be more forgiving and maybe even defensive of the people you love.
#2. What consistently ranks among the top reasons why couples fight? Sex and money.
#3. According to The Knot, the most popular couple names for 2014 were:
#4. The most common way (39% of survey respondents of 2,373 total) that 18 to 34-year-olds met their current significant other was through mutual friends. "Out in a social setting" ranked #2 with a total of 22%.
#5. A LiveScience article titled "Beauty Works Like a Drug on the Brain" explains that attractiveness seems to stimulate the same part of the brain as the opiod morphine.
Svein Harald Milde and Guro Løseth
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