The Incredible Ways Your Senses Are Enhanced When You Fall In Love

By Gigi Engle

Love is a beautiful thing.

It really is what makes the world go 'round. We’re all motivated by wanting, craving and actively seeking love. Why? Well, because it just feels so incredibly wonderful to be in love.

Yet, there is a lot more to it than one might think. Love is actually the ultimate source of bodily power. In fact, love is about the closest thing to a superpower a human can have.

Think about it. Have you ever noticed when you’re inundated with feelings of love and devotion, everything around you seems to be in HD?

Colors seem brighter, sounds seem to come through clearer and every single challenge you were facing suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting.

You really are your strongest, most amazing self the minute you have love in your life.

It’s not all in your head, either. There are legitimate, scientifically backed answers for all of the ways your senses are enhanced when you’re in love.

Your mind becomes crystal clear.

Serotonin is a chemical that helps ease anxiety and calm nerves. According to PubMed, when you’re in love levels of serotonin drop, making you think more clearly and rapidly.

It can make you a little crazy, but it will make you think thoroughly and thoughtfully. As we all know, details are everything when you’re in love.

When you’re in love, you recall every single thing -- from the sound of his voice to the way he took your hand when strolling through the park.

Your sense of smell is heightened.

According to science, smell attracts one person to another. In a study where women were asked to smell the t-shirts of men, women with complementary immune systems to the men they smelled preferred their scents.

If a man has a complementary immune system, your body recognizes that you will create strong offspring. Hence, why you just can’t get enough of your boyfriend's skin.

You naturally focus on the positive.

Love tends to expel the negative Nancy in all of us. When you’re dating someone, you start to focus entirely on the things that make him or her so great. This is actually healthy.

According to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who idealize their partners and have them on proverbial pedestals are actually in happier relationships.

While some may advocate against the benefits of so-called “love blindness,” maybe it is helpful to let our partners be seen as their best, most authentic and most inspiring selves instead of destroying the romance by harping on the negative.

Your hearing gets super sharp.

Anyone who has ever been in love is definitely aware that their hearing somehow manages to improve greatly when he or she is with their significant other.

This has to do with your natural inclination to staying alert. According to PubMed, being in love makes you hyper focused.

This will naturally enhance your hearing because your brain is extra focused on what is happening around you. It’s your mind wanting to recall every last thing you are experiencing so it can save it for later.

You feel capable of anything.

Love can make you truly feel superhuman. That is because your brain becomes flooded with dopamine.

As Slate puts it, “Dopamine is motivation. Dopamine is attention.”

Dopamine is what makes love feel so addictive and wonderful. It puts you into a fabulously positive state of mind, which allows you to face difficulties with a sense of exuberance and interest, rather than fear and anxiety. When you’re in love, you really believe you’re capable of anything life throws your way.

Your eyesight improves.

Have you ever wondered why those colorful spring flowers look so much brighter and the trees seem so much greener when you’ve met someone really special?

There is a real, scientific reason for that. According to CNN, when you kiss someone, your pupils naturally dilate. This is the same reaction our eyes have when we enter a dark room.

According to Scientific American,

The iris is made of two types of muscle: a ring of sphincter muscles that encircle and constrict the pupil down to a couple of millimeters across to prevent too much light from entering; and a set of dilator muscles laid out like bicycle spokes that can expand the pupil up to eight millimeters—approximately the diameter of a chickpea—in low light.

The natural bodily response to both love and darkness is to dilate the pupils so we will be able to see more clearly.

Your sense of touch becomes sensitive.

When you’re in love, your body releases oxytocin, a neurochemical that can ease pain and tension. According to Psychology Today, hugging or touching someone you love can help to ease stress and relax you.

When you love someone, his or her touch will become hyper-intense to you. It will not be like any other touch. It has special meaning because your brain is emotionally connected to that person.

Hence that hot and ecstatic feeling your skin has when you’re near the object of your desire.

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