Love is a many-splendored thing and our body knows it. So much so that just looking at our loved ones can have our entire mood change.
Love is one of the most potent feelings in the world. Whether it's for your partner, your family, your friends or even your pet, when you truly love them, it's a bond that no one can break. It's what will weather you through the dark times. It will make you cry, laugh, smile, long and feel a whole host of other emotions. But did you know that when you see someone you love or even think about them, your entire demeanor changes? Your whole body can feel that love coursing through you and it's visible to others when your loved one walks through the door or stands close to you.
Don't believe us? Well, here's some proof for you. Dating website Sentimente wanted to see the physical effect that love has on us so they invited a group of participants for a photo session. The only thing they were aware of was that they'd get their portraits taken, according to DeMilked.
However, every time someone was in front of photographer Mihnea Ratte's camera, the organizers of the experiment caught them by surprise with video messages from their loved ones, be it their spouses, partners, best friend, kids or even their pets. And the way they glowed was impossible to miss. They started laughing with joy and at the end of the photo session, the participants said that the message they received had made their day.
Check out the gallery below and facts about the physiological effects of love on our bodies:
Fact: According to a 2010 Syracuse University study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Stephanie Ortigue and her team of researchers discovered that when someone sees pictures of the person they love, hormones such as oxytocin (the love hormone) and dopamine (the pleasure hormone) are released, amongst other hormones that make you feel good.
Fact: According to a study cited in Telegraph UK, researchers found that when humans and their dogs look at each other, there is a spike in the hormone, oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone. "These results suggest that humans may feel affection for their companion dogs similar to that felt toward human family members," said Dr. Miho Nagasawa, from the department of animal science at Azabu University in Sagamihara, Japan.
Fact: According to Self, due to the increased blood flow in your body due to love, that is caused by the rapid heartbeat, it can actually make you glow. So when you see someone you love, you actually start to look younger.
Fact: A study from Stanford University School of Medicine had researchers discovering that when you love someone truly, you feel less pain. “It turns out that the areas of the brain activated by intense love are the same areas that drugs use to reduce pain,” said Dr. Arthur Aron, a professor of psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook and one of the study’s authors.
Fact: All of the excitement you feel at looking or being near the one you love can cause dopamine to be released into your bloodstream. This change in your emotional state can then stimulate the "autonomic nervous system's sympathetic branch," according to Scientific American — basically, your pupils dilate around the one you love.
Fact: Did you know that when you are with the one you love, everything tastes sweeter? It's true. In a study published in the journal, Emotion, it was found that those introduced to love "rated a variety of tastants (sweet–sour candy, bitter–sweet chocolates, and distilled water) as sweeter than those who were induced to feel jealous, neutral, or happy." So essentially, everything just tastes better when you're with the one you love.
Romantic or platonic, love is extremely powerful. And your body is always ready to show it.