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Ways Being In Love Affects Your Brain

Ways Being In Love Affects Your Brain

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Love makes us all walk around like giant goof balls. We’re smiling for no reason. We’re asking people how their days are just so they’ll ask us back and we can sigh and say things have never been better. It makes us wake up in the morning and want to get out of bed and want to say hello to the brutal morning and want to be the greatest version of ourselves. Your heart doesn’t just feel better it IS better. (Plus other cool things love’s doing to you). When we fall in love, we often think of the wonders it does to our heart and soul. But there’s another organ that’s deeply affected by your loving relationships: your brain. From boosting happiness to making you less judgmental, here’s how head-over-heels(love) transforms you.

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1 . You’re A Combination Of Happy And Anxious

You may ask how it’s possible to feel happy and anxious at the same time. But when it comes to being in love, really, any and all feelings at once is very possible. According to a study in LiveScience, a person can feel happy when they’re in love, but they can also feel anxious. Isn’t that something?

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2. You Feel Addicted

Ever hear that love is a drug? Well, there may be some truth to that. Your brain houses these intensely passionate feelings using the same system that’s activated when a person is addicted to drugs, from the euphoria you feel to your cravings for more. Sure, it might be a much healthier addiction — but let’s face facts, shall we? You’re an addict.

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3. You’re Capable Of Taking More Risks

No matter if the person you love is two door down or two countries away, Medical Daily, says that that “addiction” we feel because of love makes us more driven to take risks in order to get to that person.

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4. You Love Longer (And Become Wiser)

Falling in love is as good for your heart as it is for your mental heath. People in love report higher levels of dopamine, which is linked to pleasure, desire and euphoria. Studies report that people in positive, healthy relationships live longer, are happier, wiser and have better mental health.

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5. You’re More Supportive

One of the biggest benefits of falling — and staying — in love is that you’ll learn what it’s really like to lean on (and support) another person. Building trust in a relationship is crucial. And, your brain helps you out with that. Through MRI scans, researchers have found that when we fall in love, the frontal cortex — the area of the brain that’s responsible for judgment — shuts down. So when we’re in love, we’re less likely to be critical or skeptical of the person we care about.

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6. You De-Stress

Some of us might mistake those butterflies surrounding your first kiss — but there’s no way your brain will ever forget how it first felt to be touched by someone you’re in love with. Here’s the completely crazy part: in healthy relationships, holding on to your partner’s hand is enough to keep you from stressing, lower your blood pressure, ease your physical pain and improve your health. A healthy, encouraging relationship actually alters your brain function.

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7. You Glow (Well, Your Brain’s Reward Centers Do!)

Wondering what the key to longevity is in a relationship? Scientists found it. In a study that assessed couples who defined themselves as “madly in love,” scientists found that the reward centers of their brains lit up after just looking at a picture of their spouse. In the calm and stress sites of the brain, researchers found a reduction in light up activity. Let the bright lines shine, baby!

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8. You Feel Safe

Similar to the first bonds babies make with their mothers, the feeling of security will emerge in your relationship. As you age and change, your body actually remembers the brain cycles and stages that you went through in your youth — so when you feel reconnected to your baby self, those feelings of safety and contentment will come flooding back. Research also shows that when we feel love for someone, it shuts down the part of our brain that controls fear and negative emotions.

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9. Allow yourself to be playful and childlike

Children are known for innocence and simplicity of mind. They soon forget their quarrels with their friends and start playing together once again. This is the reason that generally they are always happy and smiling. Translated into the language of the adults, we should learn to forget and forgive.

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10. You Don’t Judge

Wonder why your guy is so supportive of everything from your career choices to how you handle a disagreement with a friend? Brain scans show when someone is shown a photo of the person they adore, the part of the brain responsible for judgement, the frontal cortex, shuts down and they suspend all criticism or doubt.

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