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Ay, El Amor! And What It Does To Our Brain

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Ay, El Amor! And What It Does To Our Brain

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Ay, El Amor! And What It Does To Our Brain

We’re mushy, attached, and elated when in love because love does something to our brains.

When in love I feel happier than ever. Case in point: wanting to spend every minute of the day with my significant other and my need to share YouTube videos of baladas on my Facebook timeline.

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Turns out this annoyingly sappy behavior is not really our fault. We get mushy, attached, and overly elated because love does something to our brains.

Researchers from universities in China and New York tracked how our brains change when we are in love and/or when cast aside and heartbroken. The study, published in Frontiers journal, showed that when we are in love there is increased activity in the parts of the brain that are linked to reward, motivation, and emotion regulation. In layman’s terms, we feel damn good when we are in love. Love pushes us to be better people as these areas of the brain control our social interactions and maturity levels. When we are in love, we have a greater sense of self and are just easier to be around. The longer we’ve been in love with our partners, the better we will be in these aspects of our lives.

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But wait: what happens to those who have been recently heartbroken? There was a decrease of activity in these areas of their brain. The longer we are single, the less activity there is.

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So grab your partner by the hand and thank them for loving you. Your boo isn’t only making you feel better, he or she is also helping you grow into a better version of yourself.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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