Do more people really fall in love in the spring?
Growing up we always heard stories about couples that got together during the season of “Spring Love,” also referred to as “Spring Fever.” Although it can sound extremely romantic to fall in love with someone during a specific season, it leaves many people wondering whether “Spring Love” really exists or not. As the winter breaks away into spring, people find themselves getting prepared for the warmer weather, becoming more energetic, happy, and romantic.
Look at the Scientific Aspects
According to Michael Terman, an expert on biorhythms, Spring Fever/Spring Love really does exhibit physical symptoms such as increased heart rate and appetite loss, two factors that you might experience when you have “love at first sight.” Although Spring Fever isn’t classified as a diagnostic category, the physical symptoms alone prove that some type of condition exists.
Other studies, such as the one conducted by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor show that conception rates significantly increase during the spring. For example, in Europe, more babies are conceived during June.
Talking About Mood
The happier that you are, the more likely you are to fall in love simply because you won’t have any worries and the “pleasure center” in your brain is more excited. As the weather gets warmer, you will begin to get out of that winter funk and really get into the groove of feeling happier regularly. According to Matthew Keller, a researcher from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the optimal temperature to increase your mood is 72 degrees (room temperature) which is exactly what you experience during the spring time.
Our Relation to Mammals
One of the best ways to study why we are the way that we are is to take a look at mammals that make their way through the seasons for migration purposes. In the spring, there is an internal clock (Suprachiasmatic Nucleus) in the brains of animals and this clock is responsible for telling them when to breed. When the sleep hormone is inhibited as per the longer days in the spring and summer versus the winter, this could contribute to their heightened sexual activity during the warmer months. When compared to humans, this can be incredibly relatable.
Another factor that is relatable to other mammals is that as longer days are around the corner, our bodies begin making less melatonin and this affects the amount of hormones that are distributed throughout the body. The more reproductive hormones we have, the more prevalent our sexual behavior will be.
What it Means
Spring Love is real. It is a combination of physiological, environmental, hereditary, and psychological components that contribute us to being more prone to love in the spring. So don’t give up on finding your perfect mate this spring. You can’t argue with science.