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Feeling a little more frisky? It just might be the time of year…

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 9.55.10 PMResearch explains why we feel more romantic in spring

When is the best time of year to look for love? The high season for online dating is in the dead of winter. But Mother Nature might point to right about now: when the birds are singing, the bees are pollinating – and humans are likely to be happier and more receptive to romance.

Biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, chief scientific officer for Match.com, says the brain is primed to fall in love in the spring. She explained that the pineal gland – which makes melatonin – is active in winter, making people sleepy and potentially less awake to romantic potential.

“In the spring, as light hits the retina, [it goes] into the pineal gland and slows the production of melatonin. And that’s what gives you that light spring in your step, the feeling of giddiness and euphoria. As the melatonin recedes and the light begins to affect the brain, there’s every reason to think that people will simply be more attractive as partners.”

As melatonin declines, hormone levels can rise in the pituitary gland, Fisher says. “It may well be that light affects not only your drowsiness . . . but it could even stimulate activity in the genitals and just make you feel sexier.”

Fisher also cited the excitement brought on by the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. Love is associated with the dopamine system, which is excited by novelty. “Novelty can stimulate the dopamine system and perhaps even push you over that threshold into falling in love,” she says. –
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