Love is in the air, love is all around with valentine’s day just knocking at the door.
“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”
–Oliver Wendell Holmes
But do you ever wonder why a particular person falls in love. It is all about triggering chemicals and stimulating responses flowing down the nerves, prompting people to experience the heavenly feeling of love.
As defined by Helen Fisher of Rutgers university love has three stages: lust, attraction and attachment. In the first stage the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen are the key players. In the second stage, the three main neurotransmitters: adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin takes the stage.
The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin volunteers a relationship into a long-term commitment. Thus it is all a game of chemicals which makes ones heart go wild for some sweetheart.
Recently a study by Dr. Sean Mackey, chief of the pain management division at Stanford University, his study researchers in collaboration with Arthur Aron, a social psychologist at Stony Brook, the State University of New York reported that the feeling of love is so intense it can even relieve pain, that’s a miracle!
Scientists found that people felt much less pain while staring at their significant other.
Love followed the similar pathway in our brain which is taken up when we take painkillers or people are addicted to cocaine or drugs. Thus an intense study of the brain pathway involved can lead to love as a treatment to addiction or pain.
Arthur Aron tells that ‘Love acts on the same brain systems as any intensely rewarding experience, such as winning the lottery’
Their experiment was designed including a group of students who were happy to participate in the study. Several of them had so many queries and were eager to know how much they loved their partners and vice versa, whether their relation will be everlasting or not.
The pain was induced by inserting a heated probe on each students hand followed by gradual increase in temperature till it became unbearable. Rating was done as on a scale of zero to 10, with zero being “no pain at all,” and 10 being “the worst pain imaginable’. While the student was introduced to pain levels of zero, four and seven (designed by researchers) the students looked at the brain scanner looking either at their partner or at someone whom they find attractive. It was found that they felt less pain when they looked at their sweetheart and the longer the staring the less was the pain.
Thus passionate feeling of love can act as an effective pain reliever.
“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.”
Truly nothing is impossible in love and the love tonic can create so many wonders!