Poets, musicians and scribes have sought to describe love for centuries, ruminating over the physical, chemical and mental transformations that this overwhelming emotion brings about. Now it seems that scientists are getting in on the action, attempting to quantify a sentiment that is for all intents and purposes unquantifiable.
Last week, NPR reported on a fascinating global study intended to gauge how people physically feel when they experience various emotions, including love and happiness.
"When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, they found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures," the source states.
Participants from around the world were asked to describe the areas of their bodies that felt stimulated and those that felt inactive or "deactivated" when they experienced a range of fairly simple and nuanced emotions such as anger, pride, love, depression and envy. The findings for love and happiness were pretty, well, heart-warming, as most respondents noted that they felt stimulated throughout their bodies.
It is truly a beautiful thing when scientific research backs up sentiments that are already widely held on an emotional level. However, even if love leaves you feeling tingly all over, it never hurts to introduce other stimulants to the mix. If you and your significant other are looking for ways to spice things up between the sheets, consider introducing a natural arousal gel or warming lubricant to amplify an already sensational experience.