10 Scientific Facts about Love (and Relationships) that Will Change How You Think

Love is a complex and mysterious concept that has fascinated people throughout history. It is something we all seek, crave and desire—but the science behind it often gets overlooked or remains shrouded in mystery. But what if you could learn more about it? What if you could gain insight into love and its powerful effects on your relationships? Today is your lucky day because that is what this post is about.  

We will present ten scientific facts about love (and relationships) that will open your eyes and change your thinking about connecting with others.  

Let us explore these fascinating insights into human connection.

1. Love is a Motivator
The presence of love and happy relationships positively affect your motivation in life. According to research from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology on the brains of 100 volunteers, people in love had more brain activity in reward, motivation, and social skills. This extends even to family relationships, as we see in parent-to-children relationships.

2. Cuddles, Warm Hugs are Pain Relievers
Love is often associated with the oxytocin and dopamine hormones responsible for happy feelings. Your body relates hugging and cuddling to love and releases happy hormones that boost overall wellness.

3. Relationships Can Change You
According to the social psychology of self-expansion, relationships alter your personality and perception of life. You become more open to the things your loved ones like.

4. Love Makes Bonding Easier
It is only natural to want to be closer to your loved ones, but did you know there is a science behind it? When you love someone, the dopamine release opens you up to bonding with them.

5. Happy Relationships Improve Well-Being
Having loving relationships and experiencing love improves your mental and physical well-being because of lower stress levels. Similarly, paying attention to moments of love throughout the day will boost how you feel.

6. Love Makes the Heart Better
While maintaining long-term relationships seems hard in the modern world, married couples in love have less chance of heart complications by 5%.

7. Distance Doesn’t Necessarily Kill Relationships
Long-distance relationships have their magic. People form stronger bonds when apart as they shift their focus to regular and intentional communication. Absence indeed makes the heart grow fonder. They become eager to connect and spend time reflecting on memories together.

8. We are Hardwired To Love Unconditionally
Research suggests that humans are hardwired to love unconditionally – even if there isn’t an obvious reward for doing so. It might explain why we continue to love someone despite their flaws or mistakes – and why we often have difficulty letting go of our past relationships.

9. Friendships Can Be Just As Important As Romantic Relationships
Other studies have found that solid friendships can provide just as much security and happiness as any romantic relationship. This is especially true for those between 25-45 years old, where close platonic relationships seem most beneficial due to their longer-lasting social support system.

10. Love is a Core Human Need
Humans are hardwired for love and connection because they are social creatures. Research proves this by the number of people searching for love- about 3 million people go on first dates every day.

Understanding the facts about love can help us better understand ourselves and our relationships—and perhaps even help us make smarter decisions when choosing our significant others and friends. So next time you wonder why things work out the way they do or why certain aspects of your relationship don’t work out, consider these facts about love.

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