The Chemicals of Love
If your head is in the clouds today, you have hormones and neurotransmitters to thank! Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, has proposed three stages of falling in love.
The first stage is LUST- you meet someone you're into and your engines rev up. Testosterone and estrogen are at work here!
The second stage is ATTRACTION- you're lovestruck and the person who has your heart can do no wrong. Your heart races when you see them and you spend every waking hour thinking of them. The chemicals in play are dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Note that these neurotransmitters also play a large role in brain functioning and well-being, which is why other people may think your behavior is a little crazy during this stage! ;)
The third stage is ATTACHMENT- you made it past the honeymoon phase and you're in for the long haul. The hormones at work in this stage are thought to be extremely important in making a relationship last. Oxytocin and vasopressin are the responsible parties that are released during intimacy and promote bonding and attachment to your partner.
And of course don't forget about endorphins!! These lovely compounds do wonders for your body, so it's all the more reason to enjoy your love high. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, XOXO - Rach