Love is a beautiful thing! It is the unifying emotion that we have all experienced at one point or the other in our lives; whether with our family or a romantic partner.

But do you know that aside from your emotions being affected, there are some chemical reactions that happen in your body when you fall in love?

If you didn’t know that before, let’s enlighten you a little. According to a research carried out by the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute, the “love hormone” which is known as oxytocin is released during body-to-body contact with your lover and increases the feeling of well-being and peace, which explains the feeling of euphoria that you feel at such times.

Okay, let’s break it down in simple English by explaining to you 4 things that happen to you when you fall in love.

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1. Improves heart health: This one is like a no brainer because we all know that your heart swells with joy when you fall in love. But from the scientific point of view, being in love has been associated with lower levels of stress, depression and even blood pressure. This means the happier you are, the healthier your heart will be.

2. Relieves pain: This might sound cheesy to you, but love is actually a pain killer. A study carried out in 2010 through a series of tasks involving different categories of people showed that when the brain’s “neural reward system” is activated, it can reduce the feeling of pain through non-pharmacological means. In other words, knowing that you have someone who loves you and is there for you can help you brave physical or mental pain.

3. Speeds up healing: Simply put, love heals you faster than medicine. A study carried out on patients who had heart surgery showed that the happily married people in the group were three times more likely to survive and recover fully than their single counterparts mainly because the married patients appeared to have a more positive disposition when handling discomfort and pain.

4. Boosts creativity: A 2009 study by Psychology Today was able to prove that love can indeed improve a person’s level of creativity. The study found that people who were primed with thoughts of love showed the highest levels of creative insights unlike those primed with thoughts of lust. This proved that love boosts our long-term thinking as well as creativity.