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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Here’s a brief look at some of the many neurotransmitters involved in the feeling of love.

  • Dopamine

Dopamine is associated with feelings of pleasure & satisfaction. It is also associated with addiction, movement, and motivation. The feelings of satisfaction caused by dopamine can become desired, and to satisfy this the person will repeat behaviours that lead to release of dopamine. These behaviours can be natural, as with eating and sex, or unnatural, as with drug addiction.

  • Serotonin

Serotonin is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. It regulates the sleep cycle along with melatonin, and also regulates intestinal movements. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to depression, anxiety, and some mental disorders. Antidepressants work by increasing serotonin levels. Exercise and light levels can also both have positive effects on the levels of serotonin.

  • Adrenaline

Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone produced in high stress or exciting situations. It stimulates increased heart rate, contracts blood vessels, and dilates airways, to increase blood flow to the muscles & oxygen to the lungs. This leads to a physical boost, and heightened awareness. It contributes to the thrill of being in love.

(Source: Compound Interest).

Sick [ Scenario ]

If someone wandered into Saitama’s living room at this very moment, they would think that there was simply a mountain of unwashed laundry plopped next to the table. However, in reality, that pile was merely Genos huddled in his futon cover.

They had returned from their rather eventful battle in the snow covered winter-land, only to discover that whilst the cyborg did not catch hypothermia, he did somehow become infected with a cold.

This recent development had angered the blonde, as it meant he would not be able to fulfil his unspoken title of Saitama’s “housewife”.

Instead, it was the other who was caring for Genos.

Standing in the kitchen, was the strongest man in the world, stirring a small pot of chicken noodle soup.

“How are you feelin’, Genos?”

The futon shifted ever so slightly.

“Fine, Sensei…” A soft, whimper-like voice responded.

Saitama smiled.

Sometimes, that kid was too cute for his good.

Within minutes, he had switched off the stove and ladled in a good amount of the broth into a cup. Walking slowly in order to ensure that none of the hearty liquid would be spilled, he set the item down next to Genos’ laptop before taking a seat.

“Ah…Thank you, Sensei.” He mumbled softly, reaching out of his self-made cave of warmth to obtain the soup.

Saitama hummed in response, lifting the edge of the duvet up above his head and shuffling under it, much to Genos’ confusion.

“…Sensei?”

Sipping slowly at the lovingly brewed treat, the cyborg’s golden hues rested upon the said man.

“I’ll save on the heating bills if I sit with you since it’s so warm under this.”

Or in other words; “I just want to snuggle with you since you are adorable and warm.”

Genos grinned to himself as he continued drinking, whilst Saitama cuddled up to him, basically resting against him.

It was these moments that made Genos question his hatred of being ill.

Maybe he even enjoyed it.

Here’s What Your Brain Looks Like When You’re In Love

According to centuries of songs, love is a beautiful thing. According to science, it is a very real biological reaction. It’s known to trigger the same feelings as narcotics—desire, euphoria—and has long been studied in terms of its biological affects on the body. (See this guy’s heart beat as he proposes to his girlfriend.) But what exactly does love do the brain? Researchers from Southwest University, the University of Science and Technology of China, and from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, N.Y. decided to find out.

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Now, in the Jaspley universe, the Pearlauthor ship has been in the background.

Ford essentially falls in love with Pearl’s brain, but the fact that she’s beautiful is certainly a bonus. He likes looking at her and talking to her and working on projects with her.

But when Pearl tries to get him to go away because she’s “not interested in human mating endeavors because ew” and because she’s in love with Rose Quartz, there’s no room for a human if it’s not one of Rose’s playmates, he starts stammering and spluttering and somehow manages to get out that he’s actually not interested in sex that much. Sure, he might get distracted by looking at the female body, but the actual thought of engaging with another human being in sexual behavior has always filled him with a bit of dread. All he has to do it look at Stanley to know that’s not exactly “normal.”

The first time they have this conversation, Pearl’s intentions to get Ford to leave her alone are lost on him, but Pearl also warms up to him a little more and decides that as long as he’s not going to do anything funny, having someone around she can talk to about science-y things isn’t so bad.

And maybe she’ll finally be able to understand why Rose likes having human playmates if she has one of her own.

Unlike Greg or Stanley, Ford doesn’t even want to try to fuse. He sees it the first time and just has a lot of scientific questions and is writing it all down in his notebooks, and Ford finds it fascinating and tries to get a mathematical formula for determining exactly how much stronger Fusions are compared to their individual parts. Garnet thinks that’s silly, but Pearl doesn’t see the harm in him trying to find out.

But Pearl doesn’t trust Ford as much as Ford trusts her. When she discovers that Stanley, Ford’s twin brother, has been working with the enemy, she starts to wonder if he was too. But Pearl doesn’t hold onto grudges or misconceptions nearly as tightly as Ford does. So using pure logic and reason, Pearl accepts Ford’s explanation when he tells her he had no idea Stanley was working with the enemy.

Pearl is a fantastic actress when she does successfully piss Ford off into leaving her and the Crystal Gems alone, per Ma Pines’s request. She understands Ma Pines’s reasons, and Pearl honestly is worried about Ford’s safety. He’s fragile, he’s human. He won’t live that long. And what would be the point in Ford wasting all his time chasing after a humanoid space rock who had no interest in returning his romantic affections?

She refuses to listen to Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Garnet when they say that they’re not one-hundred percent that’s true. But Pearl loves Rose Quartz more than anything else.

If she does have genuine feelings for Stanford Pines, she won’t acknowledge them until after Steven is born.

Ford lets the rejection turn his heart hard, and he doesn’t pursue any other romantic relationships. Bill manages to weasel his way into Ford’s heart, but it was a lot of work on Bill’s part.

Bill ends up screwing up his own plan with the portal over with one misspoken comment about Pearl. Ford reacts super negatively and lashes out.

“It’s been ten years, Sixer! Surely she can’t still mean that much to you! Who cares what she thinks? She’s just a space rock!”

“YOU SHUT UP ABOUT HER!”

“All right, all right! Fine! Just - c’mon, don’t destroy everything we’ve worked on just because I insulted your ex-girlfriend! C’mon, please? For me?”

The topic of Pearl never really stops being an open wound that never heals, not even by the time Jasper comes back into their lives.

It’s not until Dipper and Mabel come to visit with a new friend of theirs - Steven Universe - about a year or two after Jasper becomes their “Great Aunt Jasper” that Ford meets Pearl again.

happy valentines day friendo!!!

-oh THIS IS HOW I SAY STUFF AND TAG STUFF ON SUBMISSIONS. .NICE

AAAH I RECOGNIZE THAT KITTY!! BRAIN!! I LOVE TOP CAT AAAHH!!!!!!! I LOVE THOSE CARTOONS, MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS.. WHAT WAS IT?? QUICKDRAW? I THINK? I REALLY LIKED THE TINY DONKEY GUY!!!

EEEEPP ON ANOTHER NOTE, THIS IS SO SWEET IMGONNA CR Y

I love being educated. I love learning & finding new things that intrigue me. I love knowing my brain is inevitably growing.

Let me cover your shit in glitter
I can make it gold, gold
Heard you’re tryna sell your soul, baby
But I’m not sure, you’re running low, lately - Consideration

I’d rather be breaking things
Cause we can’t see
We’re too busy kissing
Just making scenes - James joint

Just take it on back, take it on back
Do what you gotta do, keep me up all night
Hurting bad man, and it hurts inside when I look you in your eye - Kiss it better

I believed all of your dreams, adoration
You took my heart and my keys and my patience
You took my heart on my sleeve for decoration
You mistaken my love I brought for you for foundation - Work

If you want, we could be runaways
Running from and it’s out of luck
Yeah, yeah, there ain’t nothing
There ain’t nothing here for me - Desperado

I bet she could never make you cry
Cause the scars on your heart are still mine - Woo

You needed me
Oooh, you needed me
To feel a little more, and give a little less - Needed me

I want you to homicide it
Going slow and I want you to pop it
And I think I kinda like ya
Up against the wall, we don’t need a title - Yeah I said it

Feel like a brand new person
So how will I know that it’s right?
In a new direction
So how will I know I’ve gone too far? - Same ol’ mistakes

Slipped into a peril that I’ll never understand
This feeling always gets away
Wishing I could hold on longer
It doesn’t have to feel so strange
To be in love again - Never again

And I run for miles just to get a taste
Must be love on the brain
That’s got me feeling this way - Love on the brain

This whiskey got me feelin’ pretty
So pardon if I’m impolite
I just really need your ass with me - Higher

No you don’t need my protection
But I’m in love, can’t blame me for checking
I look in your direction, hoping that the message goes - Close to you

Anti - Rihanna

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“When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?”

Gone Girl (2014) dir. David Fincher