What Is This Thing Called Love?
Lucky me. I’m the romance author who gets to write a blog on Valentine’s Day. Cliché, right? Well, earlier this week, I found a fascinating special on Public Radio about love, and learned some interesting things:
Neurologist Lucy Brown said the brain of a person head over heels in love resembles the brain of a person high on cocaine.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher believes romantic love is a basic human drive that evolved to keep people together long enough to procreate and continue the species.
Esquire writer and editor A.J. Jacobs underwent an MRI to see how he would react to looking at pictures of his wife versus pictures of Angelina Jolie. He says he has now scientifically proven he loves his wife.
Jacobs is one man who believes we’ve over-romanticized romance, and that it’s time for some down-to-earth, feet-on-the-ground Valentine messages. And he’s created some hysterical ones called Valentines for Rational Lovers. Here’s a sampling: