8 Love’s Effects on Your Brain and Body

People appear to grow wings and hatch butterflies in their stomachs when they are in a hazy state of love. From a scientific standpoint, our body and the processes that occur in it during the infatuation phase are truly unique. And you probably have no idea what incredible things your trusty old body and mind go through when you’re in love.

1. Separation Stress

Why do we feel boundless happiness when we are near our loved ones but a terrible void when they are not? The thing is, being in love and doing drugs are said to activate the same areas of the brain. Scientists discovered that when subjects looked at pictures of their partners, their dopaminergic system activated, just like it does when people use illegal drugs. The lovers also released chemicals that cause euphoria, such as dopamine, oxytocin, and adrenaline, as well as vasopressin, which can cause aggression and loss of control. You now understand why love is a drug.

2. Rapid heartbeat and sweaty palms

When we fall in love, blood flow to the pleasure center of the brain increases, causing adrenaline and norepinephrine to be released. In other words, sweaty palms are completely normal when you see your crush. Just don’t shake their hand out of nowhere.

3. A fluttering sensation

The sensation known as “butterflies in the stomach” is very real. After all, when we fall in love, we not only release oxytocin, the “happiness hormone,” but also cortisol, the “stress hormone.” This is why we become anxious and begin asking unnecessary and outrageous questions. Cortisol also constricts the blood vessels surrounding the intestines, causing the fluttering sensation.

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