You probably still remember your first big crush. Butterflies, flushed cheeks an sweaty hands is a small price for the amazing thing that is falling in love.
It’s a proper hormone revolution, that makes us behave in a unusual way. The chemicals released when one falls in love explain those behaviours, that sometimes makes us feel out of control and somehow fragile.
Dopamine, connected to reward and pleasure, is released, increasing levels of happiness and well being.
Oxycontin, also known as the love hormone, runs also over you, bringing that fuzzy, warm feeling.
Sweaty hands and a racing heart are one of the many symptoms you’re falling in love. This is due to the increase of blood flow.
There is a reason for the butterflies in your tummy too. Cortisol is released when you fall in love. This causes the contraction of blood vessels around your stomach, that you feel as butterflies in your tummy.
Scientists also seen that there is a decrease in activity in the amygdala, frontal and pre-frontal part of your brain. This areas are responsible for critical thinking. This explains why people say love is blind.
The honeymoon phase only lasts about 1 year, maximum 2 years. All then becomes a little bit more manageable.
For some people, the end of the golden period is too hard and causes the relationship to end. There are also the ones that become addicted to falling in love and keep going from one relationship to the other, looking for the continuous thrill.