When you meet someone and fall in love, it’s not uncommon to feel out of sorts or like your whole world has been shaken up. Meeting the right person can affect your body and your mind in some unexpected ways. How do you know you met your soulmate? Your brain will tell you. There’s a reason you keep thinking about your lover and nonstop and want to skip and sing on your way into work — and you can thank your hormones for that.
“There is a chemical response to being infatuated and falling in love, which affects how you think and behave,” psychotherapist and relationship coach Rachel Dack, MS, LCPC, NCC tells Bemasive. “Being in a relationship with the right person creates a different mindset than being chronically single or in a miserable relationship. There’s a natural adjustment in the way you think about the world as you transition from making individual decisions to joint decisions that involve compromise and taking your partner’s needs, wants, and desires into account.”
Every relationship is different, but when you’re comfortable, happy, and head- over-heels for the person you’re with, some changes will happen within. Here are seven weird things that can happen to your brain when you meet your soulmate.
1. You Get Addicted To The Person
Falling in love releases dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for that intense feeling of reward and pleasure. “The dopamine rush is experienced like a thrill, creating an intense experience like a craving,” psychologist Gladys Frankel, PhD tells Bustle. “This is why someone might sit and think about someone constantly or sit in a meeting writing their name. It lights up areas of the brain that are similarly light up as an addiction.”