The Heart and Mind Love Connection
This quote turns out to be literal. Love is a matter of the heart we say. But, are you aware of the impact love has on one’s mind? With Valentine's Day being celebrated this month, it seems appropriate to explore this connection.
Studies show that when people look into the face of the person who they love, specific brain areas light up. In case you are interested, the specific areas include the medial insula, the anterior cingulate cortex, and segments of the dorsal striatum. So, love definitely taps into our minds and souls.
Love releases hormones that flood through the body creating feelings of desire. Hearts race and the body sweats as a result of adrenaline and norepinephrine. And, of course, there is that sense of euphoria created from the chemical dopamine; a hormone that stimulates bonding with another. Being in love increases blood flow to the brain's pleasure center, known as the nucleus accumbens. A drop in serotonin occurs explaining why lovers become somewhat fixated on the object of their affection. The initial phases of love, lust and attraction, eventually pass to be replaced by attachment as the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin permeate the brain creating feelings of security and well-being. No wonder we couple up when you understand the science behind it.
The expression of love is unique to each relationship; it must be as we are all distinctive creatures. The combination of two people is powerful, challenging, and meaningful. Love is a gift that requires cultivation and commitment. So, remember this...celebrate your loved one every day, find creative ways to convey how you cherish your partner, and love wholeheartedly.
"I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest."