March 28, 2020

According to science this happens to your brain when you are in love

When you’re in love, you’re like to slip into a state of euphoria. You feel happy, obsessed, and relaxed.

Well, researchers have discovered that love causes immense changes in brain’s functionality. Here is how love affects your brain leading to passionate liking towards each other as you spend  more time together:

Department of Neurobiology- Harvard University
Source: Department of Neurobiology- Harvard University

Love Leads to a Hormone Rush in Your Body

Whenever you fall in love, your body responds by producing a cocktail of hormones. Some of the chemicals produced include oxytocin, dopamine, testosterone, adrenaline, and estrogen.

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Source: Redbubble

When these hormones get to the brain, they activate various communication channels leading to intense excitement and an increased attraction towards each other.

Love is Addictive

If you consistently fall in love, you’ll become addicted to it. You will progressively develop obsessive thoughts about your loved one and a desire to spend more time with them. Research has shown that love can be as addictive as cocaine!

Love Activates the Brain’s Opioid System

The opioid system is directly linked to an obsession with someone/something. Whenever you see someone that you like, this system will be activated leading to a high desire to be with them. It passes as a helper in choosing the right mate for yourself.

Romantic Love Can Control You

Dr. Helen Fisher opines that romantic love is obsessive. It’s difficult for you to stop thinking about a human being.

Love is rated among the most addictive substances on earth.

Love Reduces Serotonin Levels Drastically

Passionate love is directly associated with low serotonin levels. This enhances the focus of your love towards your partner. When the hormone’s level is low, nothing can distract you from your lover’s presence!

Reduces Your Cognitive Control

If you’ve fallen in love, then you’ll opine that there are times you can’t get your eyes off your partner, right?
Well, this is due to reduced cognitive control which results in an inability to control your attention.

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Source: Liveli

It Increases Your Empathy

Intense love leads to an activation of your brain’s empathy and emotions systems. As a result, you will self-focused thoughts diminishes significantly and you’ll have intense care for your loved one.

Love can Have a Long-Term Effect on Your Brain

An analysis of the brains of long-term relationships shows that there are commonalities in the functionality of the brains.

The changes in the physiological functioning of the brains in a couple makes them live together happily and for long