What Science Has to Say About Love



By Presto
17 Feb 2022


 

Love is a complicated feeling. Sometimes it leaves us feeling like the happiest person in the world, sometimes it leaves us feeling hurt beyond reason. What does science have to say about love? Let's find out!
 

Heartbreak actually weakens your heart



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Intense emotional stress like a breakup or losing a loved one releases sudden emotional stressors that actually weakens your heart — this is known as broken heart syndrome. Its symptoms mimic those of a heart attack and are often the cause of heart attack misdiagnosis.


Love at first sight is real



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Yes, science actually says love at first sight is real! According to a meta-analysis research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, falling in love takes only around a fifth of a second. Now THAT is quick!


Falling in love is like being addicted to drugs



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Remember that rush of excitement and pleasure you felt when your crush walked past you? That's caused by your body's release of dopamine, a chemical that is ALSO released when you're using nicotine or cocaine. Of course, if you have to choose between the three, we highly recommend our readers to fall in love to experience that rush of pleasure instead of consuming nicotine or cocaine.


Love is like a disorder



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The levels of serotonin released in your body when you're in love are the same as someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder. This explains why many people are seemingly blind to everything else around them when they're in love.


The "love" hormone has a dark side




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Oxytocin, famously known as the "love" hormone, is known to increase warm, fuzzy feelings in people. However, it's not without its dark side. A 2013 research shows that oxytocin actually strengthens social memory in our brains and that includes negative experiences too. While a healthy level of oxytocin is good for our wellbeings, excessive levels of it can be harmful to us as it'll lead us to feel jealous and irritated.

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