Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Old Question: What Is Love?

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

The Old Question: What Is Love?

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I'M always falling in and out of love. I can't seem to commit to anyone for longer than a few months.

But this time, I think it might be different.

I have never felt this way about anyone, and I want to be with her all the time, and it's like she takes the air away when she leaves my side.

It's like I can't breathe and if she's not with me then I'm thinking about her all the time.

We've been together almost six months which is a record for me. I'm so afraid I'm going to screw it up though.

I think I love her, but I haven't told her that yet. I think I want to spend my life with her.

But is it real after only six months? How do you know when you are really in love?

Is there a way to tell?

I mean, what is love anyway?

These are all great questions, but difficult to answer.

Ask 10 people to define love and you'll get just about 10 different responses. It is exceedingly difficult to describe the experience and feelings of love, even though they are so important and fundamental to our lives, and mostly when you ask someone they'll give you a rather unhelpful answer such as, C[pounds sterling]I don't know, you'll just know when it happensC[yen].

Thankfully, there is some research into love, and without dissecting it to death, there is some better understanding of the experience of it thanks to some scientists.

First of all, falling in love does happen really quickly. Some research out of New York indicates that it only takes a fifth of a second to fall in love.

Yes, we can recognise love that instantaneously. Love at first sight is not just a myth of stories and songs.

Love also does make you a bit silly. When a person falls in love, 12 areas of the brain work together to release the heady cocktail of biochemicals designed to get, and keep, you in that euphoric state.

You know, that giddy in love Cythe-world-is-a-bed-of-roses' feeling. …

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