As the days become shorter and the chill has finally decided to stick around, something about winter makes us want to snuggle a little closer to that special someone in our lives.

Maybe we have finally decided to bring them home for the holidays or just need a buddy to keep us warm for the time being. Nevertheless, our desires have shifted to temper the passions of summertime flings.

Where, all of a sudden, does this holiday romance desire come from? Particular factors such as food, pheromones, and color play a part in why love blooms in the winter.

Color Theory

Since November market shelves have been stocked with every tinsel, bell, and whistle imaginable as businesses gear up for the holiday season. Traditionally, the classic colors of our Christmas festivities include red, green, and hues of blue. What is it about these colors that deepen our need for love and affection though?

Red is one of the most influential colors on the wheel that invokes feelings of passion, warmth, and giving. Just imagining your favorite person wearing red can increase serotonin levels.

Moreover, this color is also associated with the root chakra known as the Muladhara. For individuals who are guided by practicality more than emotion, principles like safety and stability would be consistently reinforced throughout their relationship as time went on.

Now, have you ever considered how couples can brace for the cold to take their first date at Rockefeller Center or explore buzzing outdoor Christmas markets?

Contrary to the brittle atmospheres that we endure for winter, the glittering blue adornments throughout our cities have something to do with that. Psychosocial therapists state that the color has rather soothing effects on the brain.

Softer hues represent tranquility by promoting feelings of peace and relaxation. Similar to spending time with a significant other, consistently seeing the color can lower one’s heart rate and affect rapid breathing patterns. In relationships, blue is synonymous with loyalty and trustworthiness.

During this season, the most fitting symbolism for a budding romance is Holly and Ivy. While the foliage includes red, the most significant color; green, represents protection and prosperity for the new year.

Holly and ivy…remains brilliant and abundant during the winter, when other shrubs and trees shed their leaves,” says lifestyle expert Bob Ritcher (Today).

While constantly engaging with green, people may experience similar effects of serendipity as if they were looking at blue. However, feelings of optimism and self-assurance play a role in how couples engage with one another because of the yellow properties that also make up the color. As the seasons change, partners continue to cultivate the life of their newfound love.

Pheromones

The notion of overwhelming love is not just a concept reserved for our favorite romantic comedies. It has something to do with the pheromones that we secrete as humans. Androstanol is an odor-induced chemical that sexually appeals to women. Evident through sweat, hair, and reproductive glands, women also can release this pheromone, but at four times a slower rate than men.

Pheromonal attraction stimulates sexual arousal and desire between partners, influencing how often they engage in intercourse. Though pheromonal perfumes have become such a marketable phenomenon again in the last three years, the use of natural supplements and exercise would increase production and a greater chance of attention between the sexes.

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Food

A surefire way to bring everyone together for Christmas includes sharing in the abundance of making memories around a hot stove with family. Spreads of food could include everything from your mother’s roasted chicken to grandma’s green bean casserole and aunties’ famous cocktails. One ingredient; however, famously steals the show every year.

Whether this is included in comforting beverages, mouth-watering desserts, or is given as a gift set, chocolate is one of the most loved indulgences in any social setting around this time. This “love drug” has proven to be even more enticing than a first kiss because of its chemical components that increase the brain’s dopamine levels. According to psychologists, consuming small amounts of chocolate heightens our nervous systems’ PEA stimulants.

This “pleasure” transmitter is supposedly responsible for why couples seem so head-over-heels for one another during the early stages of a relationship. When PEA compounds; found in cocoa, trigger the body’s dopamine levels, the brain enters a nearly euphoric state that is further activated the more emotionally available we become with our partners. So, the next time you want to steal a moment with your boo, see how a little chocolate does the trick first.

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