You’re having a total bummer of an afternoon: Between a disappointing test score and a mountain of undone chores, you're completely over Thursday. Then suddenly, you get a nuzzle from a happy Labrador, a smile from your bus crush, or a hilarious meme from a friend, and all seems right with the world.
Chalk it up to the power of love. Whether platonic or romantic, love is one of the most powerful emotions you can experience—not to mention one of the nicest! While we talk about love as something you experience in your heart, the truth is that the hormones triggered by feelings of affection have an effect on your whole body. Beyond boosting your mood in the moment, love, whether toward a pet, friend, family member, or partner, can actually improve your overall physical health. Here’s what’s going on inside your body when you get hit in the feels.