Two Hearts Beat As One, Literally: Our Heartbeats Synchronize With Those Of Our Loved Ones

Two Hearts Beat As One, Literally: Our Heartbeats Synchronize With Those Of Our Loved Ones

When people talk about love, they often describe it in terms of “two hearts beating as one.” Although you might be tempted to think of this as nothing other than a cute saying, research suggests that when we love someone, our hearts literally do beat to the same rhythm. 

Consider this: in a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers examined what happened to the heart rates of both observers and performers during a fire-walking ritual [1]. During rituals of this nature, people walk over a firey bed of coals one at a time while a crowd watches on, often as a test of faith or courage.

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Do Our Hearts Literally Beat In Harmony With Those Of Our Loved Ones?

Do Our Hearts Literally Beat In Harmony With Those Of Our Loved Ones?
When people talk about love, they often talk about “two hearts beating as one.” I tend to roll my eyes when I hear clichés like this because, in my training as a psychologist, I have come to understand love as being a product of the brain, with the heart having little, and quite possibly nothing to do with it. However, recent research suggests that perhaps we’ve been too quick to dismiss the role of the old ticker.
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