Yes, it’s finally Spring – the happy season of birds singing, bees buzzing and people falling madly in love.
Every April your brain unwittingly becomes a dopamine factory, turning you into a love junkie. In fact, brain scans of people flooded with dopamine look a lot like brain scans of drug addicts. Which makes sense, since being high on dopamine feels, as many lovers would put it, euphoric.
My friend, Helen Fisher, a neuroscientist, professor at Rutgers University, and author of five books on the science of love, explains it this way:
“Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical your brain uses to make you want things. There are other systems involved in love, but when it comes to new love, dopamine is the main culprit. And with enough of it swirling around your system, you’re prone to fall in love — and fall hard.”
So what does this have to do with Spring?
According to Fisher, “dopamine is triggered by novel experiences and there’s so much novelty in the spring…so much more color, new smells, people take their clothes off and you can see more of them. And so there is a lot of new stimuli that triggers the brain and drives up dopamine, and makes you more susceptible to love.”
For those of you lucky enough to already be with your soulmate, use the energy of Spring to try some new and novel things together and take advantage of the Spring dopamine rush! (I am hoping for a hot air balloon experience!)
If you are a single, successful woman seeking a conscious man (or it you have friends that are), then I have a special Spring gift for you – my annual Art of Love Series is coming up. This free, online series is bringing together the world’s top love, dating & mating experts who share EVERYTHING about how and where to find all the great, conscious guys out there who are also looking for you! Sign up for free right now at THE ART OF LOVE.
Wishing you love, laughter and magical kisses,