Falling in love is the only legal way to get that high. Falling in love is like crack cocaine per Psychology Today. Love is like a drug, per the Guardian. Business Inside said that the brain looks the same on cocaine as it does when in love. These sources say love is a drug. I wanted to get to the bottom of it, because this is completely fascinating. Let’s take a closer look, can love be addicting to us?
Intense spells of passion are pain blockers. Is this even possible? A study at Stanford University proved it. A study was taken where researchers showed eight women and seven men pictures of their partners while at the same time burning their palm with a hot probe. The photos of their loved one triggered a pain blocker. Brain scans revealed that the same parts of the brain that are triggered by morphine and cocaine, were triggered with love. Love is so powerful- it’s numbing. literally numbing.
How cool is love?
This study was taken with relationships that were in the Euphoria stage (usually occurring within the first nine months). Euphoria, intense passion, increased self-confidence, and thanks to Stanford- pain blocking, are all “side effects” of new love. Love transforms itself as with everything. It’s very interesting to watch couples that have been together for years versus couples that are entering their new passion. Poor decisions are made like that of drug use. Lovers think the world is theirs to conquer and they can do anything, just like that high above the world invincible feeling. Invincible. A feeling that can describe both being high on substances and in love.
Okay, get to your point. We get it. Love is the same thing as being high. Yes, love is dangerous. But it can also be the most amazing, euphoric feeling in the world. Here’s my advice, and I’ve seen it, felt it, lived it first-hand. Love with all your heart, but be weary of the “high”. As someone in love, you can make rash decisions. As with any addiction, you need to be able to see beyond it. By stepping outside the addiction, you can analyze if it’s the best choice at the time. You need to think of yourself. Your future. There are many things we might want to jump and do because we’re in love, and they could be the best decisions of our life- but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dissect the outcome of these actions.
That also means that love is so powerful. Fall in love! If it’s not with a person, fall in love with an activity. Find that euphoric feeling. It could be hiking, it could be bowling, and if you get happiness out of knitting, go knit your heart out! Love is so powerful and healing and is also dangerous. Find yourself on the wild side and find love in more than one way, you won’t regret it. The rush is worth it.
By: Erica T.