Remember those butterflies you felt when you first met? Well… That passionate love doesn’t last forever, and Viral Strange will say why and how to save your relationship after this.
1. We feel euphoric when we fall in love
The brain’s adrenal glands produce noradrenaline, say the neuroscientists Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki from University College London. This effect makes euphoria feel the same as after drug intake.
2. When we are in love, our hormones are partying!
When we fall in love, several chemical processes in our brain occur.
Oxytocin is responsible for emotional attachment.
Vasopressin is responsible for fidelity.
Dopamine is the hormone of pleasure.
Serotonin cheers us up and improves the quality of our sexual life.
Cortisol (the stress hormone) level is high at the beginning of each relationship.
Pheromones are responsible for the rapid heartbeat, pupil dilation, sleep disorders, and loss of appetite.
3. Why the passionate love can’t last forever?
Biological rules are strict: passionate, aroused love lasts for a maximum of 3 years.
After 3 years, the hormones are produced in a lower concentration, and they stop stimulating the couple’s emotional attachment.
4. How to “save” the relationship and embrace one another?
True love probably begins when the hormonal craziness stops working. Hence, leaving us with oxytocin and vasopressin.
Meaning that touches and tenderness are the best way to maintain long-term relationships.
Do you think love fades away with time? Or can people keep up with that euphoric feeling for many years?
Illustrated by Adelaida for Viral Strange