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Your Brain on Love

Love is a construct that has been the subject of (and muse for) many artistic, poetic, and philosophical gestures since humanity existed, almost like a preoccupation. Yet, what is it about love that elicits such a universal outpouring of sentiment?

What IS this love that permeates our heart, minds, and souls - our dreams, our fantasies, our imaginations? Many psychologists and even neuroscientists have posited many different models of what love is - and isn’t - which often include our neurochemistry.

As a psychologist in clinical practice, many of my clients struggle with all different kinds of questions for Cupid, but most focus on how to build healthy romantic relationships. A relationship that is a coming together to express and engage in a love that is shared.

Love, as we know, is mostly intangible, but a relationship is a tangible reflection of the love experienced by two people. If we understand our relationships, we are equipped to notice the nature of our love, and to ascertain whether or not it is serving us. Some relationships are healthy. Others are toxic.
Read more: 5 Ways To Differentiate Between Healthy And Toxic Relationships

Mindfulness Improves Relationships

Finding a healthy relationship doesn’t mean the work is over of course. All relationships require effort in order to stay healthy, the proverbial "labor of love". What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that brain science shows that practicing mindfulness can help us in this area.

Read more: 3 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Your Relationship
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you’re having trouble finding healthy relationships and/or for help with ways to communicate more effectively in your current one!  

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Wishing you only healthy, mindful love and relationships,



Jennifer Wolkin, PhD

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