With Valentine’s Day only two weeks away we couldn’t help but feel the love and get involved in some way.
We thought we would go one step further and not just bring you a feast of facts based around the official day of love, we thought we would instead fill you with romantic titbits about love itself.
1. Butterflies in the stomach is a thing and thanks to adrenaline
When you fall for someone chances are that you’ll be feeling those butterflies flying, dancing and frolicking around in your stomach. They’re caused by the bodies store of adrenaline, which floods your body during your perceived flight-or-fight response situations.
2. A stranger can fall in love with you by staring into your eyes
The phrase that eyes are the mirrors of our souls has some significance, because by simply looking into each other’s eyes can make people fall for one another, even if you know nothing about the other. There’s proof that when someone is gazing at you, the person’s body produces a chemical called phenylethylamine, and this chemical is associated with the fight-or-flight response. So if you decide to remain looking at each other, expect love to be in the air.
3. Holding hand with a loved one acts as a painkiller
Studies have shown that long-term couples with deep, healthy connections can successfully relieve each other in stressful situations or when one experiences pain, with the simple act of holding hands.
4. The formula for perfect love
Science proves all in the end; the triangular theory of love suggest a clear formula for the components of various kinds of love. Here’s the technical bit: there are three types of love that are a product of two different pairs of basic components: romantic love = passion + intimacy, companionate love = intimacy + commitment, and fatuous love = passion + commitment.
5. Dish out hugs, they’re good for you!
The chemical in your body the experts refer to as oxytocin is the so-called love or cuddle hormone. This chemical is produced during an embrace or cuddle. Research has revealed that a just one dose of oxytocin decreases headaches considerably, and for some people it even makes the pain go away completely after 4 hours. It’s definitely worth trying hug and cuddle medicine before you reach for the medicine cabinet.
6. Love is all that matters
A wonderful 75-year-long study, carried out by a group of Harvard researchers, has shown that love really is all that matters. The participants’ lifelong experiences revealed that happiness and life fulfilment orbited around love or the simple behaviour/practice of searching for love.
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