10 Crazy Things That Happen When You Fall In Love… According To Science.
A flutter of the heart, the heated blushing of skin, that lightheaded feeling of euphoria: It might sound like the oldest romantic comedy cliche in the book, but the fact of the matter is, the feeling of falling in love is real. Your body and mind the power to produce many strange and overwhelming physical responses to your emotions, especially when it comes to finding yourself in a state of romantic bliss.
So, what happens when you fall in love? Read on, and let the sparks fly.
Love happens quickly.
According to some psychologists, the brain only takes between 90 seconds and four minutes to decide that it's attracted to or interesting in someone. So, contrary to their grandmother's advice, most people play it fast and loose when it comes to matters of the heart.
When it comes to love, actions speak louder than words.
Studies show that initial attraction is 55% body language - if you find yourself leaning in closer to someone, that might mean you've got the hots for them. Additionally, only 38% of your level of attraction is indicated by your tone of voice, and only 7% by what you say.
The Lady in Red might have had it all figured out.
According to some studies, men are more attracted to women who are wearing red clothing, as red is supposed to be the color that that the brain associates with desire and sexuality. However, if red looks terrible on you, don't fret: A true romantic interest would never size you up or judge you based simply on your clothes - the best lovers are more interested in your Netflix subscription and your commitment level to pizza.
Sorry, barefaced bros: Beards are actually pretty hot.
Surveys show that women prefer men with beards, as body hair is often an indicator of sexual prowess. Additionally, women subconsciously believe that men with beards would make better fathers - call it a remnant of our evolutionary history.
No, you're not just "being dramatic."
When you're in love, your brain releases a whole laundry-list of chemicals, including dopamine, norepinehrine, and seratonin. These chemicals not only make you feel euphoric, but can also give you strange physical symptoms as well. Sweating, nausea, loss of appetite, and insomnia are all included in this list, meaning that being lovesick is really a thing. Now, go tell your friends so they'll stop hating on you.
Love is a judge-free zone.
MRI scans show that when a person falls in love, the frontal cortex shuts down. Since the frontal cortex is the part of the brain that's responsible for judgement and criticism, your lover is less likely to get the side-eye.
Men, you might as well face it: You're addicted to love.
We are one of the few mammals that form strong bonds with one partner, but monogamy is often thought of as being more important to women. However, studies have shown that monogamous relationships cause men's brains to release more oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that causes feelings of tenderness and caring. Over time, men can actually become addicted to oxytocin, perhaps bringing new a understanding to that one guy who just wouldn't stop calling you.
It's true: You just love him in those genes.
In one lab experiment, people were asked to wear a T-shirt non stop for two days, both sleeping and sweating in it. Then, participants were asked to smell the T-shirts and choose the one they found the most desirable. Scientists found that the reason participants chose a particular shirt was all hormonal: People favored shirts that contained odors that were different than their own, implying that people subconsciously choose partners who are distinct from their own genetic makeup.
Holding hands really is the best.
Studies have shown that when you hold hands with someone you love, it reduces stress and causes feelings of euphoria to be released in the brain. So go ahead: Grab that clammy mitt and jump on a one-way train to Lovetown.
When you fall in love you lose two close friends.
A study at Oxford University asked a group of people about their circle of friends. As it turned out, people who were in relationships had one or two less friends than those that weren't. It makes sense: If you're in a relationship, you have less time to dedicate to other people in your life. Now, go tell your best bro that you're sorry.
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