Happy World Heart Day! It’s a day to celebrate that which gives us life.

It’s a great day to remind ourselves to look after our hearts, get checked out by our doctors, and educate and be aware of keeping our hearts healthy so that we can live a long and happy life for the ones we love.

For centuries now the heart has been associated with love, and days like Valentines Day and your anniversary wouldn’t be the same without images of love hearts smattered all over Hallmark gift cards. However, a friend of mine insists that love is created in the brain — but if you put a picture of a brain on a card with the words ‘I love you’ it just wouldn’t be as romantic.

He has a point, but regardless of whether love is created in the brain, I think it’s felt in the heart. Elite Singles looked at the science behind the most powerful human emotion and I wanted to share the results with you because I found them astonishing. They just might make your heart skip a little beat on World Heart Day

Men are more likely to say “I love you” first

It’s commonly believed men are the most afraid to utter the three important words. Research reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, however, found this to be untrue; men much more likely to profess their love first. While that is really, really romantic, and if research says it’s true, it must be, do you really need me to point out the reason why ‘I love you’ would blab out of a bloke’s mouth first? Three words, my friends. Special. Adult. Cuddles.

Lovers’ heartbeats are in sync

According to recent studies, the heartbeats of long-term couples begin to beat at the same speed. Shut the front door… THE NOTEBOOK IS REAL! It was even observed that it is the woman’s heart that adjusts to the male heartbeat. Scientists are unable to explain the phenomenon – but it’s nearly the most romantic thing I have read since George Clooney said he wouldn’t marry until he found someone smarter than him. All hail Amal Alamuddin… Bachelor Tamer and real life wonder woman. Their hearts now beat to the tune of the Nespresso jingle.

Falling in love is like a drug

When we start to fall in love our body’s dopamine levels rise in a similar way to when people take drugs. The pleasure associated with this feeling is, of course, a main reason for addiction. But it also increases the body’s release of testosterone, which is needed for mutual attraction. The conclusion? My name is Emily Jade and I’m proud to say, I’m an addict.

Love drives us crazy

We’ve all been there — complete infatuation with someone when you initially fall in love. These feelings of obsession and over-protectiveness have a biological explanation: our serotonin levels. The low levels people have when they’re head over heels are comparable to the effect of anxiety disorders like OCD. This is what makes being in love unique, and why we may act like fools on occasion; your body is driven crazy by thinking of your loved one. Which explains the hours of sitting out the front of an ex’s house in the car listening to bad break-up songs after a break-up. You are now excused……it’s science.

Holding hands with your partner can reduce pain

Love’s effect may even help mitigate physical pain. According to a study of women’s reactions to mild burns by University of California psychologists, those that were holding hands with their loved one noticed less pain than others. So while we may occasionally be hurt by our loved ones, scientifically they’re actually the antidote to pain. I can vouch for that — squeezing the hell out of my husband’s hands mid-labour helped. The thought of him sharing some of the pain evened the score. But woo there… the University of California BURNED WOMEN FOR RESEARCH. What kind of freaks would sign up for that? Couldn’t they have just pinched them? Yeezuz!

Finding love in the mirror?

Finally, people tend to fall in love with someone who reminds them of themselves! Similarities in the face, hair and eye color — even the shape of the ear — have all been observed to have impact on attraction! This may explain the oft-seen phenomenon of couples who look like they could be siblings. Like me and my hubby Gerard… our ears are, like, IDENTICAL, guys. But in all honesty, I used to think it was weird that we found each other and do look like brother and sister. Now I know it’s simply because we are up ourselves…

Happy World Heart Day — get love into you!