Romance writers spend a lot of time trying to come up with new and interesting ways to describe what a person feels when they experience love.
It turns out that scientists are also finding intriguing ways of showing what happens when we love someone.
This wonderful video shows a light-hearted competition between six people who are put into an MRI machine and told to think about love. Whoever’s brain lights up the strongest and longest wins.
It’s a simple premise, but what comes out of it is more than a visual depiction of our brains’ reactions to various chemicals or memories. Do yourself a favor – take 15 minutes out of your day to listen to the “contestants” talk about their experiences of love and what it means.
From a 75-year-old man who spends the time reflecting on his wife of 50-something years, to a young man whose heart has been broken, to a 10-year-old boy who thinks about his new baby cousin, it’s a beautiful and life-affirming statement on how varied love can be.
Did you watch it? Did the winners surprise you? If you were taking part in the experiment, who would you think about?