Why does heartbreak hurt so much? Science has the answer

Falling in love can feel intense and often leaves people giddy and euphoric. But severing that connection can trigger a rush of negative emotions that can feel physically too painful.

These negative emotions are influenced by hormones — with increases in the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, and reductions in happy hormones serotonin and oxytocin within the body. These “heartbreak hormones” may also cause the physical symptoms that lead people to feel pain.

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