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Love is just 1/5th of a second away

It’s Valentine’s Day: Some are rushing through the city in search of a suitable gift, others are plundering the flower shops, and some might be even annoyed and shrug their shoulders about the happening. However, whether you are single, just fell in love or in a long-term relationship, love is all around today.

But, what exactly is this love phenomenon? Where is it coming from and what does it do to our bodies and minds? And, how do we actually fall in love? Does it happen in our heart or head?

Researchers at Syracuse University, New York (USA) analysed approx. 90 studies and found that the brain of a person in love activates 12 areas at once, which in tandem release euphoria triggering hormones like dopamine, oxytocin and adrenaline.

What, actually, makes us fall in love? This question is not easy to answer, even for scientists, who devoted their love to this topic. “I would say, the brain, wherein the heart and other body regions are also actively involved in the process”, – explains Professor Stephanie Ortigue. But probably the most romantic discovery of the study is: Our brain needs only 1/5 seconds to fall in love! So it really does exist – love at first sight.

The possibilities of your brain seem to be almost infinite. Make sure, that your miraculous organ is always in good shape and gets the love it deserves – by regular training and activation.

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1: Syracuse University. “Falling in love only takes about a fifth of a second, research reveals.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 October 2010.

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