The Boodle Blog
February - the Month of Love
February is traditionally the Month of Love, so here are some random love facts (or myths) that might surprise you:
1. People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (65% of people go to the right!).
2. Falling in love can induce a calming effect on the body and mind and raises levels of nerve-growth factor for about a year, which helps to restore the nervous system and improves memory.
3. Love can exert the same stress on your body as deep fear. You see the same physiological responses – pupil dilation, sweaty palms and increased heart rate.
4. Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
5. The tradition of the diamond engagement ring comes from Archduke Maximilian of Austria who, in the 15th century, gave a diamond ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy.
6. People who are newly in love produce decreased levels of the hormone serotonin – as low as levels seen in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Perhaps that’s why it’s so easy to feel obsessed when you’re smitten.
7. According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing a long-term partner; that provides the best chance that you’ll make a love match.