This Is Exactly How Long It Takes to Fall in Love
Turns out Ke$ha was actually right: Your love is my drug. Or my love is your drug. Whichever way you spin it, we now know not only what happens to your brain when you fall in love, but also how quickly it happens. This isn’t the first time that science has demystified the mystery of love: Researchers have delved into relationship science to say what makes a happy partnership, and even determined how proposing affects your heart rate. And now, we’re one step closer to making knowledge = power = L-O-V-E, with a new study conducted by researchers at Syracuse University.
The study found that it takes all but one-fifth of a second after looking at someone for euphoria-inducing chemicals to be released in the brain — the same effect as a hit of cocaine (Ke$ha REALLY wasn’t kidding).
These chemicals affect 12 different areas of the brain, and are complex enough to give way to different types of love: primarily, passionate and companionate love. Passionate love is the initial rush to the head (literally), and companionate love can actually grow between couples over time. This means that falling in love at first sight is actually feasible: The same hormones released upon first looking at your S.O. are also released when simply thinking about them.
“These results show that love is more than a basic emotion,” the researchers said in the study. “Love is also a complex function including appraisals, goal-directed motivation, reward, self-representation and body image.”
So next time you find a cutie on Tinder, consider meeting them in person — you never know what they’ll do to your brain!
How long did it take you to fall in love? Let us know @BritandCo!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!