8 Crazy Things Love Does To Your Brain, According To Science

Love can make you feel euphoric, foolish, happy, obsessed, distracted, passionate, exhausted and pretty much everything in between — so it should come as little surprise that falling in love does quite a number on your brain.

When you fall in love with someone, a whole host of changes are taking place in your brain and body to create all that passion and euphoria, and of course the less desirable effects, too.

While you’re enjoying some time with your significant other this Valentine’s Day, take a moment to marvel at the science of love — and to appreciate the incredible effect your partner has on your noggin!

Scroll down for eight crazy things that love does to the brain.

1. Falling in love causes a major hormone rush. When you first fall in love, you experience a rush of hormones to the brain — including oxytocin, the “love hormone,” the “pleasure hormone” dopamine, and sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Other hormones, like adrenaline, make the heart beat faster. This influx of hormones plays a major role in those intense feelings of fluttery excitement, attraction and euphoria.

2. Love can become an addiction. We all know that falling in love can lead to cravings and obsessive thoughts, and the desire to spend every moment with your partner. Sound like an addiction? That’s because it is. Now, neuroscience research has shown that love quite literally is like a drug: Falling in love activates the same system in the brain as cocaine addiction.

“Romantic love is an obsession, it possesses you,” Dr. Helen Fisher, anthropologist and author of Why We Love, said in a TED talk about the brain and love. “You can’t stop thinking about another human being… Romantic love is one of the most —> Read More