Sometimes, falling in love can feel like an out-of-body experience — your mental and physical being are taken over with the emotion, and that’s partially due to the natural biological effects that love can cause in our brains and bodies. Can’t recognize when you’re falling in love, but want to know the telltale signs? Here’s what happen to your body when romance does a number on you.
1. Dopamine spikes
Your brain generated something called dopamine, which causes euphoria. The same thing happens with eating chocolate or listening to your favorite music, just on a smaller scale. Think about it this way: the reward for love is a feeling of happiness, which according to scientists plays a big role in our mating to avoid extinction!
2. The love hormone surges
Yes, there’s something known as the love hormone, and it’s called oxytocin. Oxytocin increases feelings of attachment, trust, and safety. It’s why you feel so comfortable around a partner. Oxytocin boosts after sex, touching, and kissing, and it works to make your bond stronger while potentially decreasing an interest in other potential partners.
3. Your blood pressure thanks you
Our blood pressure lowers. Most people suffer from high blood pressure, but for those who have found their soulmate, blood pressure is significantly reduced. This can happen from quick talks before or after work and dinner dates.
4. Your pain tolerance increases
According to science, when we see our loved one, our brain triggers a mechanism that reduces pain. Just looking at a picture of our significant other can have an effect. Sure, it might not be as strong as anesthesia, but it also just feels nice knowing that when bae thinks of you, they automatically feel better.
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