Sigh, falling in love. One of the best emotions, specially at the beginning of a relationship(the ones only in your head count too), wouldn't you agree? Well, almost all agree. Did you know Plato defined love as a serious mental illness? I know right, like who was he courting?? While we haven't been able to figure out exactly what causes us to fall in love, the theories are many. One thing we can be certain of is that when we do fall in love, we feel all sort of emotions in our body. So, what exactly is happening during this process? And is it actually a healthy thing?
Science tells us that when we fall in love our bodies are experiencing a sentimental chaos that is biochemically similar to a drug noise and innumerable body-borne substances are involved. Basically, we're feeling a heightened emotional level of excitement or adrenaline. Sounds all great except for the adrenaline because it stimulates stress! And, when it's in large quantities, our bodies will experience physical changes. This explains a racing heart beat, sweaty hands and need for oxygen. Talk about someone literally taking your breath away. Also, your pupils expand and your stomach becomes sensitive--what some call butterflies. Now what about that absence mind we often hear about? It's caused by the body working really hard on all these things happening at the same time.
You will also experience this endless happiness and smiling until your cheeks hurt. These are your dopamine and serotonin hormones. But, a little too much of this happy hormone will cause a lack of appetite and insomnia--this explains those sleepless nights on the phone and not being able to eat infront of your darling, perhaps. The body can get used to this increase of happy hormone leading to withdrawals similar to drugs when it drops. Ouch! What about that urge feeling of cuddling and/or bonding? This comes from a hormone called Oxytocin--it also happens between mother and child. Next comes those heightened sexual desires caused by the vasopressin hormone. This hormone increases pressure in the vessels by supplying the sex organs with blood resulting in sexual pleasure. Last, but not least is chemistry. This is where your sense of smell comes into play. Through the sense of smell, our smart brains are able to recognize genetic individuality. Now, that's really interesting. Who knew falling in love would be so hormonal, so scientific, and so stressful?
Contribution from Jaumo with edits by The Demureist