This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Follow Your Heart

April, 13, 2015

To me, this phrase has always seemed to be a romantic–but faulty–metaphor. Logically, I thought that falling in love was following my mind. After all, isn’t it your mind that tells you you’re in love? When you act on impulse, doesn’t your mind tell you to act? Well, after reading some interesting research on kissing, I’ve decided that there is more substance to conventional romantic wisdom than I thought. So I’ve decided that the phrase should be changed to “follow your heart and your mind.”

Follow Your Heart

It’s Okay to be Smart dissected the subject. Joe Hanson, of this YouTube channel, explained that kissing cranks up five of your twelve cranial nerves. Intimacy releases epinephrine and norepinephrine, which cause your heart to beat faster. That sends a wave of oxygenated blood to your brain which dilates your pupils.

And while all of this is happening, your mind is telling you how much you love this person.

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