With all the emotional highs and lows in romance, we can feel like we have no control over how we respond. But there are a slew of scientific explanations for those valleys and peaks.
Here, Tango shares three ways to boost the right brain chemicals, helping you stay on the sunnier side of love.
As good as new. To super-charge your connection as a couple, try upping the dopamine, a chemical linked to energy and happiness. Experiencing something new together – even something as small as substituting Tuesday-night chicken for spicy tuna rolls –can kick this neurotransmitter into action even when you’ve hit a rut.
Diet? What Diet? Research has shown that eating certain foods can increase your brain’s level of serotonin, a chemical associated with joy and relaxation. Meals high in sugars, carbohydrates, and proteins all have mood-boosting benefits. Careful though, since that instant gratification can pack on pounds. Luckily, a little goes a long way. The next time you’re mid-fight, a few Hershey’s kisses just might help you kiss and make up.
Keep in touch. One of the chemicals most strongly associated with love is oxytocin, dubbed the ‘cuddle chemical’ since it’s known to strengthen long-term bonds. Oxytocin is released post-orgasm, but even subtle physical touch can do the trick. So when emotions run high, try stroking each other’s arms (even if you can barely stand to look at each other) to bring you back to a happier place.
- Michelle Carlton