The human mating ritual known as flirting leaves our bodies reacting in ways we don’t even realize. These reactions must assist us in finding a mate, or the act of flirting couldn’t have lasted these millions of years. Here are five interesting bodily fluctuations we all experience when we flirt.

Release The Hormones!

The act of flirting causes the release of hormones in our bodies. These hormones play an essential role in attraction. Men release the hormone vasopressin, also called “the monogamy chemical.” Women release oxytocin, which is associated with trust-building. Without these chemicals in play, flirting definitely doesn’t work as well.

Eyes on the Love Drug

If your peacocking is successful, the object of your mesmerizing technique will show it with dialated pupils. This is a true indication of sexual attraction that no one can hide. So, the next time you’re mid-flirt, check out the other person’s pupils to see if it’s working.

Flirting Itself Can Be A Drug

Your brain’s reaction to flirting involves the reaction of its neurotransmitters. Fear and desire come into play. You can get a bit addicted to flirting because, when it works out, your desires come true and you feel great. This positive reinforcement of pleasure can sometimes lead to an addiction.

Your Metabolism Goes Tortoise

Flirting causes your heart rate to speed up. At the same time, the less noticeable reaction we experience is a slowed metabolism. These two reactions combined is the scientific explanation for why you get butterflies in your stomach while you’re flirting. Many people interpret this as “the spark.” And we all thought it was just the magic.

Your Brain Makes A Shield From Rejection

Flirting is always a risk. You either walk away with a potential new mate or you get rejected. The part of your brain that deals with rejection is also involved in flirting. It protects you from going all in too quickly so that your ego doesn’t get crushed outright.