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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Fall In Love


During our first childhood “crush,” we all experienced butterflies in the stomach, nervousness, and a racing heartbeat. We were infatuated and couldn’t take our eyes off of the object of our affection.

Anyone else remember anxiously awaiting the recess bell so we could see them on the playground? Or hoping that the teacher assigned you a desk right next to theirs? Indeed, chemical reactions were taking place in our young brain and body and – in a way – giving us our first (albeit immature) taste of love.

Truly, a fascinating chain of chemical reactions takes place when we’re head over heels. From the relationship’s beginning, to first climbing under the sheets, and finally saying those “three words,” here’s what goes on as your body is falling in love.


Falling in love, and its effects on the body, are strikingly similar to being addicted to drugs. Chemicals that cause a euphoric high – adrenaline, dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin, are all released at some point during intimacy. Dopamine is the brain’s pleasure chemical, and is what causes feelings of elation and energy around our loved one.

Helen E. Fisher, a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University, states “Romantic love is an addiction. It’s a very powerfully wonderful addiction when things are going well.” Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of the brain in love bear strong resemblance to those experiencing a high.

Lovers are also like drugs, in the sense that the more time you spend with them, the more hooked you become.


Just as having one too many cocktails lowers anxiety, fear, and inhibition – and makes you more boastful and confident – the “love drug” oxytocin produces the same effect. Researchers at the University of Birmingham observed the effects of alcohol and oxytocin on the brain, and though they impact different parts of the brain, the effects are very similar.


When you feel strongly attracted to someone, no matter the time or place, a reaction occurs within the brain’s sympathetic branch, the SNS. This stimulation causes pupils of the eyes to dilate (become wider). Try this out on your date, boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse – it’s fun stuff!


Becoming anxious (sometimes, very anxious) before an important event (e.g. a big date, wedding day) is more than a nervous “twitch.” An influx of the brain chemicals adrenaline and norepinephrine can produce physical sensations, such as craving and desire. Also, your brain will focus intently on the person of affection.


When you really begin to like (perhaps love) someone else, the brain may release the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can cause the stomach’s blood vessels to constrict; perhaps leading to feelings of nausea and lack of appetite. This physiological response may explain why many couples don’t eat much on their wedding day.


Corticoliberin is a peptide hormone released during a stress response. Also known as the “corticotrophin releasing factor,” separation from our loved one for any period of time can exacerbate any stress response. The “withdrawal symptoms” of anxiety and depression are similar to those of an addict weaning off a drug.


Pheromones are “smell chemicals” that animals, including humans, excrete and sense. Biologically, this changes the behavior of another animal. In more humanistic, simple terms, we are attuned to our partners pheromones, which increases s*xual desire.

Dr. Fisher states: “Once you fall for someone, their smell can be a powerful thing. Women will wear their boyfriends T-shirts, and throughout tales in history, men have held on to their lover’s handkerchief.”


Fisher’s first groundbreaking study was in 2005, when she analyzed the brain images of individuals in love. A total of 2,500 brain scans were taken. Each participant were shown a picture of their “special someone” then a picture of an acquaintance. The images revealed drastic differences.

The first noticeable effect was the flood of “feel-good” dopamine chemicals in certain regions of the brain. Other noticeable differences involved two other areas of the brain: the caudate nucleus and ventral tegmental area. The former is strongly linked with reward detection, and the latter is associated with “pleasure, focused attention, and the motivation to pursue and acquire rewards.”Read more at:red carpet dresses | short prom dresses


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Wedding band sinks, but hope still floats


I need your help.

Yes, you already knew that. It’s clear I need all kinds of help. But this is an emergency, so I’ll get right to the point.

My wedding band, which has been on my finger for more than three decades, is missing. I noticed this at work Monday as I looked down while typing. It took a bit to register. Wait, what? No gold wedding band?

Gone. A surprise, because it’s been there since 1984. Or did we get married in 1985? Ha. Just kidding. It has never, ever slid off.

Pretty much, I’ve had to pull it over the knuckle on a few rare occasions when I did remove it for perfectly valid reasons to protect it, like painting our house or trying to remove a fuel pump from the gas tank of our old van back home.

This time, I have no recollection of removing it.And I don’t recall absent-mindedly fiddling around, without thinking (which is frequent), and just kind of drop it.

So, it is officially lost.

My wife was none to happy to hear about this since she bought it for me and slipped it on my finger on our wedding day. It’s been there on our many moves and new jobs and new kids. Through the laughs and the tears, through the hugs and the glares, through the births and deaths, that ring was there.

Now, it’s gone.

But I haven’t given up hope of finding it because I think I know where it might have slipped away.

I was wearing it Thursday, it’s there in a picture of me and my brother. My wife said she’s sure the ring was attached to my finger when we were in church Sunday.

I sat and pondered. Where could I have lost it? Retrace my steps, if you will. They led to, unfortunately, Anini Beach and snorkeling Sunday afternoon.

I was there, swimming around, watching three turtles (yes, three at once) at the cleaning station. Perhaps the coolest thing I’ve seen. I snorkeled farther out, above the coral, watched another turtle from a distance, before turning back. On the return to shore, on one stroke, I went too deep and my left hand struck something. I stopped and looked to check for bleeding. None. (Yes, I was worried about blood in the water attracting a shark, even at Anini Beach). I survived, paddled furiously, and reached land. But I have a feeling the ring did not; that it slipped off. I think it’s still out there.

So I’ll be returning to search, as hopeless as that sounds, and if anyone else happens to be heading to Anini Beach to snorkel, I ask that you keep an eye out for a gold wedding band. If I’m right, it’s in front of the park, well to the right of the boat ramp, about a hundred yards or so out there, past the turtle cleaning station and toward the buoy. Great directions, right?

But it would delight my wife is it was found, and I like to keep my wife happy.

Ironically, when I was in high school, I found a wedding band when I was carrying out my janitorial duties to earn money and pay my tuition. I knew the teacher whose classroom I found it in and sure enough, the next day, I returned it to him. He was relieved and thanked me. Said I probably saved him from disappointing his wife.

So, if you wouldn’t mind, go snorkeling at Anini Beach. If you happen to found a gold wedding band out there, call me. A reward? Sure. It isn’t worth much money, but when it comes to love, it’s priceless.Read more at:plus size prom dresses | vintage evening dresses


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Hollie Elizabeth Blanchard and Christopher Michael Hargroder, both of Baton Rouge, were united in holy matrimony on the evening of Saturday, April 22, during a 5:30 p.m. nuptial service at Sunny Meade in Scott.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Mary Blanchard of Midland. She is the granddaughter of Eugene and Florence Blanchard of Midland and the late Rhuel and Gladys Hoffpauir of Rayne.

Hollie is a graduate of Midland High School and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in management-human resources. She is presently employed with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Baton Rouge.

The groom is the son of Tony and Darlene Hargroder of Central. He is the grandson of the late Herbert and Nora Hargroder of Crowley and the late Alvin and Jerry Hanks of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Parkview Baptist High School before attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management. He is currently employed at Hamilton Relay.

Escorted by her father, the bride was beautiful in a handcrafted slim silhouette gown with a charmeuse satin liner and two layers of delicate lace overlay. Featuring a scalloped V-neckline and three quarter length lace sleeves, the dress was finished with a stunning keyhole back and cloth-covered buttons. A single tier fingertip veil of scalloped ivory lace complemented the dress perfectly,

Hollie carried a large bouquet designed with several shades of purple sola roses, sola shell flowers, purple hydrangeas and spring green caspia filler hand-tied with ivory lace.

In keeping with tradition, the bride wore diamond earrings from her paternal grandmother as

“something old” and her wedding dress as “something new.” A rosary lent to her by her mother was “something borrowed,” while she wore blue suede shoes as “something blue.”

Jennifer Johnson, a college friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Madison Tassin, Chelsea Bienvenu and Emily Dardis, all college friends of the bride. Lilly Blanchard, niece of the bride, and Rianna and Kayla Brassard, nieces of the groom, served as junior bridesmaids.

The bridal attendants were clad in long wisteria-colored dresses featuring lace bodices, illusion necklines, ribbon-defined waists and fluid, slitted mesh skirts.

Standing as groomsmen were Matt Barbay and Charlie Willis, friends of the groom; D.J. Sells, cousin of the groom; and Logan Williams, friend of the groom and brother-in-law of the bride.

The groom’s niece, Nora Carter, served as flower girl, and the bride’s nephew and godchild, William Blanchard, served as ring bearer.

Samuel Blanchard, the nephew of the bride, carrried a sign that read, “I’m just here for the cake.”

A special reading was given by Jared Blanchard, brother of the bride.

Following the wedding, family and friends of the newlywed couple joined them for an on-site reception at Sunny Meade.

Out-of-town guests at the event traveled from California, Florida, Indiana, Texas and various points throughout Louisiana.Read more at:prom dresses 2017 | long prom dresses


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