If you find love and dating confusing, you’ve come to the right place. You see, while love and the intricate dynamics between two people in a relationship might be far from being full understand, if ever, scientists have learned quite a few about how love works – chemically, socially, psychologically and so on. Here are a few things the guys and gals in lab coats have to share:

1. Being in love causes changes to your brain

Brain in Love

Depending on the type of love, MRI studies have shown changes in the activity of 12 different areas of the brain. Interestingly, there are obvious differences between maternal love, passionate love, and unconditional love. These areas of brain activation then result in the release of neurotransmitters and other chemicals, which cause the euphoric sensations we call love.

2. Consider hugging instead of shaking hands

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If you’re on a first date, it might be a good idea to give them a hug ‘hello’. While shaking hands might be a little more socially acceptable, hugging has its advantages. Hugging increases the level of social comfort for both of you. It turns out that hugging triggers the release of a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is frequently referred to as the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone”.

3. Youthful ladies and bad boys

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It’s been shown in studies that men are attracted to traits that suggest youth. Men prefer women with big eyes, shiny hair, and full lips. Bad boys are attractive to women because their high levels of testosterone. This elevated testosterone gives them the alpha-male characteristics that so many women find attractive.

4. Keep your dating profile short

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Research has shown that dating profiles should not be longer than 500 words. Profiles that run longer were referred to as “oppressive and pathetic” by profile readers in one study. Some of the most successful dating profiles are just a few sentences long. Don’t give away the farm before you’ve even met. There’s something to be said for being mysterious.

5. Be funny

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We all like someone with a great sense of humor, and at least one scientific study has shown that the amount of synchronized laughter during conversations was highly predictive of mutual attraction. It is believed that most people unconsciously equate intelligence with humor. Be funny and you’ll be seen as smart.

There are a great deal of places to meet new people. You can try meeting somebody new on dating chat lines, online dating sites and even in internet powered multi player games or … wait for it… outside. So take one step forward and maybe consider some of these 5 tips and add a little science to your romantic life. After all, who knew science could be so romantic?

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