Love is pure, love is painful, love is sweet and love is miserable. Real love is overwhelming. Our lives depend so much on love and, without love, the planet doesn’t seem to exist. Endless love is what we are looking for and what we miss when it is missing. Therefore, here are a fine dose of stories and facts about the most elusive force on earth:
1. Lifelong monogamous relationships also exist among animals
We see ourselves as a faithful kind of being, but we really are not the only ones in the animal kingdom. There are many animals who enter into a lifelong relationship with the same partner. Wolves, swans, gibbons, black vultures, albatrosses and even termites are animals that remain faithful to their soul mate for life.
2. It only takes four minutes to determine whether or not you like someone.
So if you want to make a good first impression on someone, you only have about four minutes to make your point. It’s much more about how you behave and what tone you speak in, than what you talk about and what words you use.
3. Cuddling stimulates the production of natural painkillers in the body.
Oxytocin is the so-called love or cuddle hormone. It is produced in the body during an intimate hug or touch. From the brain, ovaries and testicles, it is spread and helps in the bonding process. Research also shows that a headache is significantly reduced. So that cuddly toy is ultimately worth more than a chemical pill.
4. Falling in love has a neurological effect.
Falling in love has an effect similar to cocaine, because both experiences give your brain a similar feeling of euphoria. Research shows that falling in love triggers a chain of reactions in the brain, including hormones that induce euphoria and activate at least 12 parts of the brain, at the same time.
5. When two lovers look each other in the eye, their heart rhythm synchronises.
Extremely interesting research has established that couples in love develop a deeper bond when they look each other in the eye and at that moment, even their hearts start beating at the same time.
6. Viewing a picture of a loved one brings the brain to rest.
In hospitals, it has long been known that an attending loved one helps enormously in healing patients, but the same goes for a picture of a partner. An experiment shows that people who are in pain, experience less pain when they see pictures of a loved one, compared to when they look for distraction in a game of words.
7. People with the same degree of attraction have a higher chance of ending up in the boat together.
Numerous psychological and social studies have shown that there is a clear connection between people choosing each other for a romantic relationship. This pattern is explained by the ‘Matching’ hypothesis, which states that people have a high chance of ending up together as having equal social attractions, including external, as well as other social attractions.
8. All you need is love.
A wonderful 75-year study by a group of Harvard researchers shows that life is ultimately all about love. The participants’ life experiences showed that fulfillment in life is in fact purely about love and begins with the search for love.