Ah, love. The butterflies in your stomach, racing heartbeat, mood changes, increased libido, and inexplicable connection – these all happen when you fall for someone and there are proven scientific basis as to why your body reacts this way.
A study by Professor Stephanie Ortigue at Syracuse University equates the feeling you get when you fall in love to that of a cocaine high. Not only does love affect your mood, it also has an impact on 12 areas of your brain, which in turn have an effect on the body.
Meeting a special someone can literally change how you function in as little as a fifth of a second. Here are 5 ways your body changes as you fall head-over-heels:
1. You get butterflies in your stomach
Everyone who has had an attraction towards someone knows what the “butterflies in your stomach” feeling is like. According to biological anthropologist, Helen Fisher, Ph.D., the sensation is caused by the release of the following stress hormones: adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol. Since the body can’t differentiate between types of stress, some people might also get flustered with an increase in heart rate.
2. You become addicted & obsessed
The euphoric feeling you get when you start to fall for someone is due to the increased levels of Dopamine and Serotonin chemicals. Serotonin is why you can’t stop thinking about your newfound love while Dopamine is responsible for increased energy levels, heightened pleasure, lesser need for food and sleep as well as increased focused on your partner. So being slightly obsessed with your new love and a little distracted about other stuff is actually normal.
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