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Love, According to Neuroscience

Oh! It Is Love!  

There’s no denying that love is one of the most recognized words in the English language, and yet the hardest to explain. 

I mean, with love being subjective, it's only natural for people to have different definitions of love. Countless philosophers have lent their wisdom to give meaning to love, and yet we still are in awe with how powerful this feeling and what it's capable of doing.

And since it’s the month of love, let me share with you how love feels like, according to Neuroscience. Yep, you can’t go wrong when love is backed with scientific explanation. 


Love and Chemicals

“Love stimulates all of your happy chemicals at once. That’s why it feels so good.” As explained by neuroscientist Loretta G. Breuning, when we are in love, our brain releases feel-good chemicals that make us happy and loved.  So what are these chemicals and what do they make us feel specifically? Here are your answers:


Oxytocin

In an article published by Psychology Today, oxytocin is stimulated by trust and touch; it erupts from hugs, holding hands and being comforted. It can be described as a fuzzy and warm feeling.

And most of us definitely describe being in love as a fuzzy feeling that makes us comforted and warm. So, we gotta thank oxytocin for this wonderful sentiment that we get to enjoy.


Dopamine

Another love chemical in our brain is called dopamine and it's responsible for making you feel bliss and euphoria whenever you are with your significant other. You two can be working out at the gym or enjoying a relaxing massage at home. It doesn't matter where as long as the lovey-dovey feels are there.

Technically speaking, dopamine is the brain chemical that is released to alert us that our needs are about to be met, like when you finally get the chance to kiss someone that you've been harboring a huge attraction for a long time; or when a baby finally hears his/her mom's voice or footstep. 


Serotonin

According to Hackspirit.com, whenever you receive affection from someone that you also like or consider desirable, serotonin is activated in your brain. Having a high level of serotonin makes a person feel confident, happy, flexible, and positive; a low level of serotonin, on the other hand, can make you feel irritable and anxious. 


Endorphins

We are all probably familiar that endorphins are what make a person high after exercise. But in terms of relationship, this brain chemical is what's responsible for us to feel calm, reduce stress and anxiety. This is what's responsible for making us feel comforted and calm when we are with our partners.

 

 

In other words, love is more than just a feeling, it’s also the activation of four essential brain chemicals that are responsible for making us feel happy, content, secured, and comfortable with our partners. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, enjoy the love month!


Reference

https://hackspirit.com/what-does-it-feel-like-to-be-in-love-heres-what-neuroscience-says/



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Giselle A.

Content Writer