7 Surprising Things You Might Not Know about Love ...

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I must tell you that there are quite a few things you might not know about love.

I didn’t know them either, until I came across a very interesting article written by Barbara Fredrickson, who is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also the author of an amazing book, "Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become." Even if you think that it’s more important to feel than think sometimes, you should still be aware of these next few things you might not know about love:

1. It Can Be Hard to Talk about Love in Scientific Terms

One of the most surprising things you might not know about love is the fact that it can be hard to talk about it in scientific terms because everyone has strong, pre-existing ideas about it.

You may be surprised to find out, but apparently love isn’t romance, isn’t sexual attraction and isn’t that special bond between you and your family.

As your body experiences it, “it’s a micro-moment of connection shared with another.”

2. “Making Eye Contact is a Gateway for Love”

I couldn’t agree more with what Barbara Fredrickson said: “Making eye contact is a gateway for love.” In her opinion, your body has a built-in ability to catch other people’s emotions and that “Meeting eyes is a key gatekeeper to neural synchrony.” Well, she defines love as a micro-moment of connection shared with other people, so this way, your prospects for love are quite limitless.

They don’t say that “eyes are the windows to your soul” for nothing.

3. Love Fortifies the Connection between Your Brain and Your Heart

Apparently, love really fortifies the connection between your brain and your heart, thus making you healthier.

A lot of research has shown that people who love more and who are more sociable live longer and have healthier lives.

Barbara Fredrickson and her research team discovered that love actually improves the function of the vagus nerve, the connection between your brain and your heart, so they say through this discovery that love basically acts like a nutrient to your health.

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