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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT LOVE

November 03, 2017
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Discover what's happening to your body and your mind when you're falling in love or doing the deed? 

Love is pure, love is painful, love is sweet and love is dreadful. 

True love is overwhelming. 

Our lives depend on it and it often seems like our planet would stop spinning if love didn’t exist. 

Love is something we strive for and something we mourn the loss of.

A lovesick panda once said that “if you’re never been hurt, you’re either very lucky, or very lonely”.

We understand the poetry of the heart, but over the courses of our lives we tend to demystify this precious feeling more and more. We learn about biological processes that cause specific reactions; we learn about cultural influences on how we behave and think about love; we learn about the psychological and physiological processes that make us fall for someone.

SEX EDUCATION BY AMANDA MACMILLAN
Sure, you know the basics about the birds and the bees, but how much do you really know about what goes on in your body—and your mind—while you're falling head over heels or doing the deed? Here are 20 fascinating facts about love and sex that may surprise you.

SPOUSES MAY HAVE SIMILIAR DNA
Scientists already knew that people tend to choose romantic partners with similar characteristics, such as age, race, religion, income, and upbringings. But a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that people also tend to marry others with similar DNA. 

When researchers studied the genetic material of 825 white American couples, they found fewer differences in the DNA between married people than between two randomly selected individuals within the same race. 

In fact, they calculated that the tendency to pair up with a genetically similar spouse is about one-third as strong as the tendency to do so with someone with a similar education.

WATCHING ROM-COMS MAY HELP STRENGTHEN MARRIAGE
Watching movies may be one key to marital bliss, says Matthew Johnson, PhD, director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory at Binghamton University. In his study, couples attended counseling or watched relationship-themed movies and completed discussion guides together. 

Both strategies cut the groups' divorce rate in half after three years—but the movie-watching activity took 50% less time and took place almost entirely at home. "The key is to talk with your partner about your relationship in the context of a movie," says Johnson.

SOME PEOPLE MAY BE WIRED TO WANT MORE SEX
Your brain wiring may influence your number of sexual partners, according to a University of California Los Angeles study. Researchers performed brain scans of volunteers while they viewed images, some sexually suggestive, and also asked their sexual behaviors within the past year. 

Turns out those whose brains were most active when viewing the sexual images also tended to have had the most partners. Levels of "sexual motivation" do vary form one person to another, says Justin Garcia, PhD, assistant professor at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University.

LOWER CHOLESTEROL CAN BOOST PERFORMANCE IN THE BEDROOM
Along with damaging arteries and working the heart overtime, high cholesterol can also contribute to erectile dysfunction in men. In fact, ED may serve as a warning sign for cardiovascular disease. 

The good news? Men who take statins or other medications to lower their cholesterol are also likely to see an improvement in their sexual function, according to a 2014 study by researchers at Rutgers University's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 
Of course, stains should not be prescribed to treat ED on its own, say the researchers, since the condition can also be caused by other physical or emotional issues.

Reference: Health.com. Visit Health.com for more interesting facts about love.


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