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Love is the feeling of liking somebody or something very much. People sometimes get married or go on a date when someone loves another.
Love is usually believed to have something to do with the chemical reactions in the brain.
According to one of the young Pakistani philosopher Engr. Arshad Ali Azeemi, LOVE is not a word which is simply understandable, it is the feeling of heart which one can only observe practically.
Forms of love
Often love can be confused with other feelings. Being physically attracted is a feeling of love, but it may be thought of as different. Besides that, normal friendship can be distracted by love. Sometimes, love can be destroyed. When love is destroyed between a dating couple, they may break up with each other.
People describe the person that they first loved romantically as their "first love." For example, in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is Juliet's very first love. At that time, she was only 13. In Maria Edgeworth's book Belinda, Mr. Vincent says, "First loves are silly things."
Studies in neuroscience say that as people fall in love, the brain releases chemicals, including dopamine. These chemicals make people less hungry and sleepy, and also adds an intense feeling of excitement. Research shows that this stage normally lasts from one and a half to three years.
Since these attraction stages are both described as temporary, a third stage might describe long-term love. Attachment can be used to describe the bonding period that helps keep husband and wife together for many years. Attachment occurs in the longer term.
Love and health
Love has consequences for health and well-being. Joyful activities such as love activate areas in the brain responsible for emotion, attention, motivation and memory, and it may further lead to stress reduction.
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