Is spring really such a cliché? Birds are singing, bees are buzzing and people are falling madly in love. What is the reason for “softening” during the green months?
Dopamine seems to be the key to our hearts in spring. This is proved by researches announced by Helen Fischer, a neuroscientist, professor at Rutgers University and author of five scientific books about love.
Dopamine occurs naturally in your brain and makes you want this and that. There are other systems involved in love, but when it comes to new love, dopamine is the villain.
What is the connection with spring? Dopamine is triggered by new experiences. In spring there is much colour, new smells, and lighter clothes. Everything stimulates the brain and drives up dopamine, which makes you feel open and ready to fall in love.
In April, or sometimes as soon as first flowers bloom in March, dopamine in your brain starts “blooming” too. Brain scans of people flooded with the stuff look a lot like brain scans of drug addicts. It is then easy to understand why many lovers explain they feel euphoric.