11 Scientific Facts About Romantic Relationships That Made Our Hearts Tingle With Joy



Although maintaining a fulfilling relationship sometimes calls for hard work, all of us strive to enjoy the blissful moments that love has to offer. According to science, being in love may be extremely rewarding — not only emotionally, but also physically. It has the ability to alleviate stress, reduce pain, heal wounds, and a plethora of other unexpected “side effects.”

1. Couples’ hearts synchronize.

11 Scientific Facts About Romantic Relationships That Made Our Hearts Tingle With Joy

Science has confirmed that 2 hearts indeed beat as one. According to studies, the hearts of couples who have been together for a long time subconsciously sync up when the couple is close to each other. By using electronic monitoring devices, scientists from the University of Illinois recorded and measured the pulses of 10 senior couples in long-term relationships.

The researchers found that when in close proximity, one person in each couple affects the other’s heart rate, and vice versa, in a complex dance. However, the study doesn’t reveal any clear patterns underlying the shifts: ’’We found each day is a unique context that changes depending on circumstances. Couple interactions, their attitudes, behaviors, whether they’re close to each other or far away, change all the time,’’ explains researcher, Brian Ogolsky.

2. Love is chemically addictive.

11 Scientific Facts About Romantic Relationships That Made Our Hearts Tingle With Joy

According to biological anthropologist, Helen E. Fisher, romantic love is a ’’very powerfully wonderful addiction when things are going well.” When we fall in love, our brain releases hormones that can make us feel euphoric, which is a feeling that we can get hooked on. Researchers explain that this happens because the dopamine reward system in our brain is triggered by romantic love, just as it’s activated by other addictive behaviors. A 2016 study even compares romantic love to “natural addiction.”