Every human being must have felt in love, at least once in a lifetime. But did you know that there are actually many reactions in the body when you're in love? Not only is the heart pounding and makes us sweat coldly when we are with people who make us "forget the world", but there are also several other reactions, even those that make us like "fools" (even if only for a while). >
What happens to our body when we fall in love involves more chemical reactions and hormones. As reported by Health and Kompas, there are several studies that prove what are the reactions that occur in our bodies while being drunk in romance, as you can see below:
1. Just like drug addiction
Based on a study conducted in 2010 at Rutgers University, the researchers revealed that the sensation of falling in love is similar to being addicted to drugs that release euphoria.
The brain releases chemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and vasopressin. A clinical sexologist and marriage therapist Kat Van Kirk, PhD. say the chemicals are released through different interactions and help you get closer to your partner. Like medicine, the more time you spend with people who make you fall in love, the more "addicted you are."
2. Make "drunk"
Based on research conducted by the University of Birmingham, the more oxytocin or "love hormone", the effect will be the same as when you drink lots of wine, get drunk, and act strangely. The researchers conducted a study of the effects of oxytocin and alcohol, and although the effect is different in the brain, the results will be the same.
3. Red cheeks, cold sweat, and fast heart beat
Before the date starts, you may notice that your heartbeat will beat faster and your hands will sweat a lot. Not only because of nervousness, but it is actually an effect of stimulating adrenaline and norepinephrine, said Dr. Kirk. "This will cause physical sensations and a desire to focus your attention on the person who makes you fall in love," he said.
4. Pupils widen
When your attention is on someone, there is stimulation that occurs in your sympathetic blood vessel system, which causes your pupils to dilate, Dr. Kirk.
5. You may feel a little unwell
When you meet new people and attract your attention, maybe you will lose your appetite and feeling unwell. But that is what your body wants to say if you really like people who make you fall in love. Dr. Kirk said, usually this discomfort will disappear as your relationship progresses with your partner.
6. You will have "super powers"
Ever heard the story of a panicked mother raising a car to save her son who was trapped underneath? The combination of love and fear can give someone a sudden superpower in an emergency, even though research is still difficult to prove. The "super" power can also occur in people who fall in love.
"Oxytocin released by your body's system when you fall in love can actually increase your tolerance to physical pain," Dr. Kirk.
7. If it's a woman, your tone of voice is higher
When you fall in love, then go on to the next stage and start committing, you might start to realize that your voice will be higher. Based on a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, the researchers found that when women talk to men, they are more physically attracted, and their voices will be higher and more feminine.
8. Broken heart can make your heart hurt
Based on American Heart Association research, you can die of a broken heart. Scientifically, this is the result of stress-triggered cardiomyopathy, and it can attack even the healthiest people when their stress hormones abound when experiencing emotional events such as the death of a partner, divorce, or even a breakup.
Symptoms of cardiomyopathy are similar to heart attacks, including shortness of breath, unusual heartbeat, and chest pain. Although broken heart syndrome can cause permanent damage to the heart, and in cases that rarely can even cause death, the good news is that many cases can be treated and can be completely cured within a few weeks.
9. Your weight can go up
In 2012 in a review in the Journal of Obesity, researchers found that couples who gained weight when dating usually will continue at marriage. When you have a relationship, both men and women will usually eat more. Even newly married women increase in weight by 12 kg in the first 5 years after marriage.
10. If you get married, you can live longer and healthier
Based on a study conducted by Duke University Medical Center, those who enter the age of 40 have a lower risk of premature death than those who divorce or never marry.
Another study from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York found that married men and women can have a stronger heart than those who never married. Men usually have a stronger heart than their wives, with a 5% lower risk of vascular disease, based on research.
11. Men's bones will be stronger
If you fall in love and then have a relationship, a study from UCLA found that in men whose relationships are stable or married after the age of 25 years usually have stronger bones. But the study found that this could only happen if the man found a supportive woman.
12. Your creativity will be fiery
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Family Issues found that when you are in a relationship, your creativity will be triggered. Why?
The researchers concluded that many people who are starting a relationship will focus on their long-term goals. In other words, when you are in love, the brain will allow yourself to dream more and imagine.
13. Falling in love eases chronic pain
It might sound like a miracle, but having a relationship with someone can be a treatment to reduce chronic pain, based on a study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine in 2010. Researchers say that falling in love will have the same effect as a painkiller pain in the area of the brain. Doctors are optimistic that love will help reduce pain, although it may need further research.
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