Sunday, November 18, 2012

How Love Changes Your Body Chemistry


Addicted to love
Dopamine is the brain's pleasure chemical. It plays a role in gambling, drug use, and, well, love. When we fall in love, dopamine is released, making couples feel elated and energetic about each other.
"That someone takes on special meaning to you and you focus on this individual because the dopamine system has been activated," says Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist. "It is what triggers very goal oriented behavior, where no one else matters but your new partner."
Dopamine can be present in both early-stage and long-term romantic love, she says.

'O' is for oxytocin
Oxytocin is a chemical that calms and bonds couples together by promoting intimacy. "It is what hugging, kissing and touching are made of," says Fisher, a visiting research associate at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/15/how-love-changes-your-body-chemistry/#ixzz2CaZsZUda

16 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I hear that at home a lot. "that Dop-a-mine" has gone too far this time.

WoFat said...

DOPE-amine makes you crazy. Yeah!

Juan Doe said...

I've heard that "love gives you wings" and I'm sure that growing those appendages has something to do with profound chemical changes.

LL said...

Does your body absorb oxytocin from sea water? Thus the photos walking along the seashore?

Opus #6 said...

Odie, if you are a "dope" for love, that's par for the course.

Opus #6 said...

Wofat, "just the right amount of" crazy, I'm sure.

Opus #6 said...

Chemicals explain a lot, but I bet there are still some things science does not understand.

Opus #6 said...

LL, I think hugging near/in sea water would be necessary for the oxytocin to kick in.

Old NFO said...

Interesting, and one wonders 'how' they tracked that without 'disrupting' the couples...LOL

Opus #6 said...

NFO, yeah, can you imagine? "Stop, it's time for another blood test."

Amusing Bunni said...

A very informative and interesting post, Opus.

I can attest to how feeling love can cheer a person up.
Even from far away on the net, I am feeling the surges of happiness that comes when you know you are loved, and someone cares bout you.

God Bless and thanks for being a great girl. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Bunni you have love from afar from your friends, and hugs and cuddles from Kitteh.

J. Shaw said...

can you buy these love chemicals at Walgreens yet?

Kid said...

I can attest that there is some brain altering chemical at work that makes New Love seem perfect and omnipotent.

Qualude 714's (off the market for decades now) can keep both feeling that way indefinitely.

Anyone know where I can get any? ;-]

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