When you think about love, you probably picture cuddling, holding hands, or stolen kisses. You may spend hours imagining yourself falling in love with that special someone of your dreams. You may even have a list of qualities you want in your partner. It is interesting to note that there are many biological factors that occur when you “fall in love.” In this day and age, love is overly romanticized. Hence, you most probably are not aware of some scientific facts about love.
Falling in love can be exciting. The whole world seems more beautiful because of your newfound love. While those feelings may be real, it is also true that some of those feelings are occurring because of certain chemicals being released in your body. Although the science of falling in love is not very romantic, it is quite fascinating. Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about love.
33 Love Facts That Will Amaze You
1. Love Makes Your Live Longer
Love and marriage may give you a longer life. According to a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, married people are 58% less likely to die over an 8-year period than people who never got married (1).
2. Love And Lust Affect Different Areas Of The Brain
One-night stands do not always result in a fairytale romance. Studies show that being in love activates the regions in the brain that are connected to empathy (2). However, lust is connected to the areas of the brain that are mainly associated with motivation and reward.
3. Red Rose Is The Official Flower Of Love
Have you ever wondered why roses are the symbol of love? This is because the rose is considered to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
4. Love Makes You Do Crazy Things…
…like making a scene, escaping from jail to see the person you love, or just acting plain silly. Do you know what happened to Joseph Andrew Dekenipp, a prisoner in Arizona? He broke out of jail just so he could meet his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day.
5. The World’s Longest Marriage Lasted 86 Years
If you often complain that true love does not exist, just look up Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher. This couple holds the record for the longest marriage in history. They were married for a staggering 86 years and 290 days.
6. Love Makes You More In Tune With Your Emotions
When you find the one who makes you strive to be the best version of yourself, your brain also responds accordingly. According to a study published in Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, the social connection that comes with being in a happy relationship activates the parts of the brain that are responsible for emotional processing and selflessness (3).
7. Love Develops In Phases
Anyone who has ever experienced love knows that it develops in phases. It increases in intensity gradually. It starts out strong and passionate but gradually mellows down into a more mature and understanding love.
8. Love Lowers Your Blood Pressure
We all know that high blood pressure is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease. Fortunately, according to a study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine, being happily married can result in lowered blood pressure (4). So, go and kiss your partner for keeping you healthy!
9. Love Helps You Heal Faster
Having your partner by your side when you are injured or sick does not just get you emotional support. When partners share a close bond, their injuries are claimed to heal faster than compared to people who are in unhappy relationships.
10. Men Fall In Love Faster Than Women
A study published in The Journal of Social Psychology found that men take the first step when they fall in love (5). They are usually the ones who say “I love you” first in a relationship. This may be because women are more scared of getting their heart broken.
11. Being In Love Reduces Headache Frequency
If you have chronic headaches, love might be what you are looking for. A study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that 50% of the participants who were having a headache reported their pain reduced by half after around four hours when they were administered a nasal spray with a dose of oxytocin, a love hormone. An additional 27% stated that they did not feel any pain at all after the same duration (6).
12. Love And Laughter Go Together
If you want to be closer to your partner, watch a comedy TV show together. A study published in Personal Relationships found that couples who laugh together are more satisfied in their relationship and more supportive of each other when compared to those who were more serious with each other (7).
13. Distance Can Strengthen A Relationship
People often say that long-distance relationships don’t work, but research says otherwise. According to a study published in the Journal of Communication, long-distance relationships are not only as successful as regular relationships, but they are also better at building trust between partners (8).
14. Being In A Relationship Can Improve Your Personality
Pessimistic people are known to change for the better when they fall in love. A study published in the Journal of Personality observed 245 young couples for nine months (9). The scientists found that neurotic partners in a relationship became more self-confident and optimistic because of all the positive experiences and emotions that come with being in a relationship.
15. Love Can Ease Chronic Pain
Love is not going to replace modern medicine any time soon. However, it can come in handy if you ever experience serious pain. In a study conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine, researchers found that the warm and fuzzy feeling that love creates has the same response in the brain as strong painkillers do (10).
16. Cuddling Is Good For You
There’s a good reason why couples love cuddling so much. Cuddling triggers the release of oxytocin, the happiness hormone that improves your mood and increases your feeling of well-being. That is why oxytocin is referred to as the “love hormone” or the “cuddling hormone.”
17. Love Is Chemically Addictive
Romantic love can be a very powerful addiction. This is because the hormones that your brain releases when you are in love are euphoric. In fact, you may get so high that it can make you feel addicted to love as well as to the person you are in love with.
18. Love Is The Number One Reason Why People Get Married
More than 60% of the world’s population are claimed to cite love as the reason they got married. The rest stated that financial stability was their determining factor.
19. The Heartbeats Of A Couple Are Synchronized
When you and your partner gaze into each other’s eyes, your heart rates sync up. This has been stated by scientists at the University of California. The researchers found that a couple’s heart rates can be almost identical. This may be because of the strong link between couples on both a physical and an emotional level (11).
20. Animals Can Be Monogamous As Well
Humans are not the only species on the planet that have monogamous relationships. Wolves, seahorses, beavers, otters, and barn owls are a few of the other species that mate for life.
21. Hugging Your Partner Can Relieve Stress Instantly
Feeling stressed? Hug it out with your partner. According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, when couples hug, it increases the level of oxytocin in their bodies (12). As mentioned earlier, oxytocin reduces stress and boosts your mood. So if you are having a rough day, ask your partner to give you a tight hug!
22. Falling In Love Feels Like Being On Drugs
That feeling of euphoria you experience when you fall in love is essentially the same feeling that drug users experience (13). Both of these events trigger the release of hormones like adrenaline, dopamine, and oxytocin that give you a real high.
23. It Can Take Just 4 Minutes To Feel Attracted To Someone
If you wish to make a good impression on someone, you only have about 4 minutes to do so. It is believed that it has more to do with the tone of your voice and your body language than what you actually say.
24. Both Men And Women Must Have A Certain Level Of Testosterone For Sexual Attraction
Yes, even girls have small amounts of testosterone in their bodies. Testosterone is responsible for arousing desire as well as aggressive behavior – which actually pushes the person to pursue the object of their desire.
25. Being In Love Has A Similar Neurological Effect As That Of Cocaine
Being in love is almost like snorting cocaine. Both experiences trigger a similar sensation. Researchers have found that being in love can result in the production of several euphoria-inducing chemicals, which stimulate 12 areas of the human brain at the same time (14).
26. Couples Who Are Very Similar To Each Other Are Not Likely To Last
Everyone knows that opposites attract. Research proves that this is at least partially true. Partners who are too similar or too different don’t last very long. There must be some similarities, but there also have to be some differences so that the two people can learn from one another.
27. Heartbreak Is Real
There is evidence that severely traumatizing events – such as a divorce, death of a loved one, a break-up, physical separation, cheating, or betrayal – can cause real physical pain around the heart. This condition is known as Broken Heart Syndrome (15).
Intense emotional distress triggers the brain to release certain chemicals that weaken one’s heart, leading to shortness of breath and chest pain. This condition is so intense that it is often misdiagnosed as a heart attack. It affects women more often than men.
28. People In Love Have Hormonal Levels Similar To People With OCD
People in the early stages of love are said to have lower levels of serotonin, a hormone that is directly associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. They also have higher levels of cortisol, which is associated with stress. This is very similar to the people who have OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This explains why we don’t behave like ourselves when we fall for someone. It works the other way as well – people who have lower levels of serotonin tend to fall in love and get involved in sexual relationships quicker than others.
29. The Feeling Of Butterflies In The Stomach Is Real
When you fall in love with someone, you can feel the butterflies in your tummy every time you see that special someone. This sensation is caused by adrenaline, which is released in your body as a flight-or-fight response.
30. Dilated Pupils Show That You Are Attracted To Someone
Your pupils expand during heightened focus and attention. This is true – it usually occurs when people gaze at the object of their desire, even if it is only a video or a picture. Moreover, people who have dilated pupils look more attractive to others.
31. You Are Attracted To People With A Different Immune System
If this isn’t weird, we don’t know what is. This was observed during a study at the University of Switzerland where the female test subjects smelled worn men’s T-shirts (16). They consistently preferred the smell of those men’s shirts whose immune systems were different from their own.
32. Some People Can’t Feel Love
Some people who claim never to have fallen in love or felt romantic love may be affected by a condition called hypopituitarism that does not allow people to feel the high of love. Of course, it is also possible that said people are aromantic.
33. Your Body Has A “Vein Of Love”
Why are engagement rings worn on the fourth finger of the left hand? That is because the ancient Greeks believed that this finger has the vena amoris, or the”vein of love,” that connects straight to the heart. So romantic!
Love and attraction are complex. Societal expectations and our body chemistry can only make the whole experience weirder. But, that does not mean that love is not one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. These facts can just give you a little more perspective and help you navigate your feelings the next time you fall in love!
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