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The Reactions in Our Bodies When We Fall in Love

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Falling in love feels good, doesn’t it? Yet, most of us do not have a clue that different stages of love go hand in hand with specific reactions in our bodies. Keep reading to learn more about the science behind falling in love. You will certainly not regret it.


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#1. Falling in Love Is Addictive & Lowers Your Inhibitions

One of the most typical reactions in our bodies when we fall in love is that we “feel drunk”. Drinking too many cocktails at once usually makes people more confident and boastful. This is so because it decreases their levels of fear, anxiety, and inhibition. Although the “love drug” oxytocin impacts other parts of the brain, it actually has similar effects.


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Next, falling in love causes chemical reactions in our bodies that are similar to drug addiction. In addition to oxytocin, the body releases dopamine, adrenaline, and vasopressin. All these chemicals cause euphoria, energy, and elation while being intimate with or around our loved ones.


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#2. Falling in Love Can Cause Stomach Upset, Sweaty Palms, a Flushed Face, a Racing Heart & Pupil Dilation

Other typical love reactions include pupil dilation and stomach upset. Pupils become wider because experiencing attraction activates the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for the stomach to act up when you like somebody because of higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.


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Furthermore, a lot of people experience a flushed face, a racing heart, and sweaty palms before they go on a date with someone they like. These anxious reactions in our bodies are caused by chemicals like adrenaline and norepinephrine.


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#3. Falling in Love Can Increase Your Sexual Desire

It is not a secret that sexual desire can drastically increase when you fall for someone. This is so because you get attuned to your partner’s “smell chemicals” (pheromones). Your loved one’s pheromones can be so powerful that they can change your behaviour. This explains why some women like wearing their partner’s T-Shirt, etc.


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#4. When You Are Not with Your Partner, You Might Worry More

As we already mentioned, falling in love is similar to becoming a drug addict. Therefore, it is not surprising that being separated from your partner can make you feel anxious and depressed. This is due to the fact that the body releases more corticotrophin to manage its stress response.


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#5. Falling in Love Can Give You Superpowers

Research shows that people in love can experience hysterical strength. This is a state that helps you do seemingly impossible things in an emergency. In other words, love can also help you be more tolerant of physical pain.


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To sum up, falling in love goes hand in hand with specific reactions in our bodies. Some of them feel bad, yet others make us feel euphoric. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that we need more than love reactions in order to grow in love. We need compatibility and willingness to work on the relationship.


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