Love hits you really hard from all directions.
You know how those love-struck aashiqs claim to have violins playing, pleasant breeze blowing, and doves flying in the background when they see their love interest? And how they talk about losing their sleep, concentration, and well, appetite (we wonder how because there’s no stronger love than the love for food) when they fall in love?
While most of us take them lightly and simply shrug them off as ‘just being silly/crazy in love’; it turns out that there’s truth to those seemingly non-serious claims. All that confusion, chaos, excitement, and happiness is actually valid. Because you know what? Your love interest doesn’t just conquer your heart, he conquers your brain too.
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Yes, you read that right ladies. According to a study published in the science journal Nature, having a romantic partner changes your brain chemistry, which in turn can affect the way you treat your partner.
The researchers from Emory University observed mating in voles, (animals from the family of mice that tend to mate monogamously for life just like human beings) and found out that “pair bonding” or mating for life affected an integral part of their brain’s reward system, effectively teaching them to enjoy their partner’s presence.
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On further experimentation, the scientists found that voles that were previously indifferent to their partners would snuggle up to them affectionately after bonding. Even though love in humans is not exactly the same as in voles, however, both share the same underlying neural mechanisms of falling in love.
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Basically, contrary to popular belief, when Cupid strikes, the arrow is directly aimed at your brain and not your heart. But, on a serious note, this study can be a breakthrough for effectively treating people who face a hard time making interpersonal connections.
So, now that you know that falling in love has got more to do with your brain than your heart and that this can help you find love too, it seems like a win-win situation for you. Now this calls for a celebration. What say?