This is how love changes your brain: 'It's a biological necessity, like water or exercise or food'


Neuroscientists say that what happens in the brain when a person falls in love is extraordinary.

Dr Stephanie Ortigue said via the New York Times: “The brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters that boost our mood.”

“When we find love, it is like biological fireworks. Our heart rate is elevated, and our levels of the so-called love hormone oxytocin are rising, which makes us feel connected.”

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“Our levels of the hormone and neurotransmitter norepinephrine are spiking, which makes us lose track of time; our levels of adrenaline rise, which expands the capillaries in our cheeks and makes us flush,” said Dr Stephanie.

“When we start feeling a deep sense of calm and contentment, with our partner, brain areas are activated that trigger more complex cognitive functions.”

Experts say when this happens, good things can occur, such as an increase in compassion, less pain, increased memory, and robust creativity.

Some experts are convinced that a life filled with healthy love is as essential as healthy foods and exercise.

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“Love is a biological necessity, just like water or exercise or food,” said Dr Stephanie.

“My research has convinced me that a healthy love life is as essential to a person's well-being as a good diet.”

Experts also say that there are many ways to fill one’s life with love, which obviously includes partners, family, and friends. But even less obvious loves- such as love for a sports team, pets, and even a passion for life can go a long way to fulfilling a person’s love quota.

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