The Truth About Love: Serotonin, Pheromones and Narcissism

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The Truth About Love: Serotonin, Pheromones and Narcissism

The Truth About Love: Serotonin, Pheromones and Narcissism

Love is all you need, and many people spend their whole lives looking for love. And yet falling in love might come with some weird side effects. Check out these facts about love that will leave you looking for a hug from that special someone.

1. Sweet sweet love

Researchers have found that when people are thinking about love instead of jealousy or something neutral, food tastes sweeter.

2. Two hearts as one

When two people are in love, their hearts tend to beat at the same rate. Oddly, usually the woman’s heart adjusts to the pace of the man’s.

3. High on love

It’s not surprising that love feels good, but on a chemical level, love produces many of the same chemicals as something like cocaine or heroin, leaving the lover euphoric.

4. Pheromones or no pheromones?

Pheromones, or chemicals that give off a scent to attract a mate, have been found in many animals. However, despite what some fragrance commercials might tell you, there is no definitive evidence that humans have pheromones that affect attraction.

5. Cuddling is good for you

Cuddling produces the hormone oxytocin, which most people know as the love or cuddle hormone. While oxytocin’s function is actually far more complicated than just feeling good, there is research to suggest that oxytocin can alleviate headaches.

6. Even thinking about your loved one is good for you

Having a significant other around if you’re sick or recovering can go a long way towards reducing pain and patient improvement. But even a picture of a loved one can have some of the same benefits.

7. Broken hearts are real

Breakups, divorce, death, or physical separation from a loved one don’t just cause emotional pain: they can actually cause physical pain near the heart. This often comes with chemicals that weaken the heart, cause chest pain, and induce shortness of breath.

8. Hot bods and beautiful faces

Some research shows that when it comes to a brief romance, people look for an attractive body in their partner. But when seeking long term romance, a pretty face is more important.

9. All the feels

During the first year you’re in love with someone, a protein called nerve growth factor thrives. That protein helps our sensory nerves, putting us into a state of heightened awareness.

10. You smell nice

Claude Wedekind of the University of Switzerland conducted a study asking women to smell unwashed t-shirts of men. Then he looked at their immune systems, and found that the women were more attracted to the scent of men with immune systems different from their own.

11. Dating your mom

In an oddly Freudian finding, people prefer a partner who looks or smells similar to one of their parents.

12. The narcissistic side of love

Not only do we tend to prefer people who are like our parents, we also are more likely to fall in love with someone who looks like us. That includes facial features, hair color, eye color, lung volumes, ear lobe lengths, and metabolic rates. Bizarre.

 

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