Valentine’s Day always brings up the old question: Is it love or lust? Well?it all depends on chemicals.

There are three phases of love, which include lust, attraction and attachment. Researcher Domeena Renshaw says, “Falling in love causes our body to release a flood of feel-good chemicals that trigger specific physical reactions. This internal elixir of love is responsible for making our cheeks flush, our palms sweat and our hearts race.”

MRI scans have shown that love lights up the pleasure center of the brain. When we fall in love, blood flow increases in this area, which is the same part of the brain responsible for drug addiction and obsessive compulsive disorders.

Renshaw says, “Love lowers serotonin levels, which is a common condition in people with obsessive compulsive disorders. This may explain why we concentrate on little other than our partner during the early stages of a relationship.

“The phrase ‘love is blind’ is a valid notion, because we tend to idealize our partner and see only things that we want to see in the early stages of the relationship. Outsiders have a much more objective and rational perspective on the partnership than the two people involved do.”

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