I Love You From the Bottom of My Hypothalamus: Should We Replace Heart as the Symbol of Love?

Khryss | Published 2017-02-13 11:25
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You’ll being seeing again and again red decorations of hearts and cupids all over your favourite café, and couples giving their handmade love letters or whatnot to express their affection to each other. There’ll be people posting kissing or hugging pictures saying love is in the air with full-on heart emojis for emphasis. It’ll be the worldwide celebration of the love and joy people have for each other. Which got me wondering, why do we attribute love to the heart- why of all the body parts do we choose to attach this beautiful feeling to an organ that pumps blood? Turns out, it hasn’t always been like that. Our ancestors didn’t use this blood circulating organ as their love symbol. Instead, they used this bile-responsible organ, the liver. During this ancient time, liver was mistakenly thought to be the source of passion. Am I the only one thinking it could be a perfectly acceptable reason to show your affection for your lovey with whiskey? Cheers! Similarly, this has also been the case for the heart. Apparently, our great grandparents thought that the heart controls emotion, and then the rest was history. Knowing these facts, would you agree that it’s time for the old romantic heart to go out of style and have a more anatomically accurate valentine symbol? Contrary to popular belief, what’s actually responsible for our feelings and emotions is the hypothalamus. It’s the master gland deep inside the brain that releases hormones which controls all the other ones and is shaped like a diamond (yes you heard that right, women’s bestfriend). So, before you all commence under the sheets tonight, you might want to look at your partners in the eye with great love and appreciation, then say, “I love you from the bottom of my hypothalamus.”
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