When most people think about love—they think about the heart.
Rarely, are people aware of the fact that we love with our brains.
When we fall for someone, our brains release a cocktail of chemicals, creating feelings of euphoria and pleasure and (if all goes well) closeness and comfort.
That complex organ inside our head is hardwired to Say you develop a crush on your neighbor.
But going back to the romantic kind of love, humans thrive on love. Love is (usually) the reason people exist in the first place.
Without these chemicals, life just wouldn't be worth living.
In humans, oxytocin is stimulated by everything from holding hands to feeling supported to orgasm.
Both are brain chemicals associated with pleasurable activities and excitement.(Click titles) More great resources on relationships and dating: 5 Reasons Why Love is Painful Why Love is a Neurochemical Roller Coaster slide show When Love Brings Pain – #1 #2, #3 Why Love Is a Roller Coaster blog post Female chimpanzees are known to be partial to males who share their meat after a hunt.Female reproduction depends heavily on protein, which is scarce in the rainforest, so opportunities to meet this need trigger lots of dopamine.Every time you think about this person, you feel giddy—you feel really good. The neurons in your brain are releasing dopamine, a feel-good hormone and neurotransmitter associated with euphoria (as well as gambling and drug addiction).And because your brain wants you to keep pursuing this feeling, like a little love-carrot, it fires off like someone you get nervous before a date?Food, alcohol, sex, coffee, certain drugs, any pleasure or immediate source of gratification causes the release of dopamine. This can create a very intense beginning to a romantic relationship and is often described as “falling hard” for someone.