The chemistry of love -

The chemistry of love

Having the right "chemistry" with a potential mate isn't just a saying. Studies are revealing just how many biochemical factors are at play in determining a person's sex appeal. Our communications coach, Marcia Brandwynne, says if you're looking for love, you can use the science of human attraction to your advantage.

Falling in love is, in fact, a chemical process. Our hearts and minds are programmed to recognize the signs that love is in the air. And being aware of the subconscious signals of human attraction can actually help you speed the process along.

You've heard the expression "the nose knows." Well, it really does. Scent signaling chemicals inform the endocrine system in such a way that men can smell when women are close to ovulating, which often makes guys more loving. And women can be attracted to a man whose scent tells her he is hormonally compatible; that his immune system will produce a healthy child.

"How a person looks plays a key role, but for reasons that are more than skin-deep. Yes, men are suckers for a pretty face, but they like breasts and hips because they can indicate a woman is able to bear children," Coach Marcia explains. "Women, on the other hand, see men with broad chests and shoulders as potential mates who can protect them. And hairy chests silently signal that he's got plenty of testosterone; that he's a manly man." 

The first kiss is often eagerly anticipated and one reason is that it's a good indicator of whether the attraction will stick and flourish. A man passes traces of testosterone in his saliva to a woman as they kiss, so if that first kiss is pleasurable for her, it's very tempting to go back for another.

"So if you're looking for a mate, try putting the science of human attraction to work for you," Coach Marcia suggests. "Gentlemen, keep in mind that kissing, smelling like a man and having hair on your chest increases a woman's arousal. And ladies, a little weight on those hips isn't a bad thing. It tells a fella that you're a good candidate for motherhood!"

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