Some pretty interesting facts about the human heart and the strongest emotion of all, love.
Big news, you guys! Today, September, 29th is World Heart Day. If you're scratching your head and muttering, "What the wha--," then please allow me to explain: World Heart Day is all about "creating heart-healthy environments," by making "heart-healthy choices," so as to promote healthy hearts the world over. In bringing awareness to heart health, we can help reduce cardiovascular ailments and make strides in keeping our body running in tip-top shape. While our proverbial heart is essential in keeping us happy and in love, it's our physical heart that really needs some special attention, and World Heart Day is just the day to start on that path.
In honor of this heart conscious day, EliteSingles put together some pretty interesting facts about the human heart and the strongest emotion of all, love. Here are a few heart and love facts that may surprise you.
1. Scientists Have Compared Love To A Mental Illness
It’s true! The serotonin levels in the brain of people in love are so high that it makes people exhibit OCD behavior and the release of all that dopamine can make them feel like they’re high on cocaine. Why do you think it's called being "madly" in love? Because you really are "mad" when you're in that deep.
2. Long-Term Lovers' Hearts Beat In Sync
I know, I know, I swooned when I read that, too. Although scientists aren’t really sure why this is, they have also observed that in many cases the woman's heart will adjust itself to stay in time with the heart of her male partner.
3. Men Usually Say, "I Love You," First
I'm not sure who these men are, but according to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, on average, men tend to make their vocal declaration of love before women do. Seriously though, where are these men exactly?
4. People Tend To Fall For Those Who Look Like Them
It might be easy to scoff at the idea that Liberace had one of his lovers undergo surgery to look just like him, but it's not completely weird. Studies have shown that people are just naturally drawn to those who have similar coloring, face shape, hair, and even have similar shaped ears. I guess we're all a bit egotist, even when it comes to love.
5. Holding Your Partner's Hand Can Ease Pain
A study out of the University of California found that for all the grief love can cause, it's when lovers are holding hands that there is a true relief from physical, and even sometimes, emotional pain, too. And I think we call all agree that holding hands is better than some over the counter painkiller any day.