Some Couples Feel The Thrill Of First Love Their Whole Lives! But Probably Not You.

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New uplifting/depressing scientific development! It is actually humanly possible to have a happy loving marriage not underscored by resignation and/or evolutionary biology and/or societal expectations and/ or financial entanglements! A bunch of neuroscientists at NYU have proven that it is possible that some couples actually stay in love. No shit, right? According to the Wall Street Journal they learned this by subjecting self-professed happy couples who had been married for ten years or so. The case study in question was Ann and Alan Tucker, whose persistent amorousness throughout their eleven year marriage them as romantic "outliers", to brain scans. And what they found was shocking:

Days after Mrs. Tucker's brain scan, Dr. Brown, the neuroscientist, sat in her book-lined office looking at the results. "Wow, just wow," she recalls thinking. Mrs. Tucker's brain reacted to her husband's photo with a frenzy of activity in the ventral tegmental area. "I was shocked," Dr. Brown says.

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So who are these two horny old lovebirds?

Upstate New York mathematicians, naturally! When they met, she was 28 and he was 54.

They met sitting across a horseshoe-shaped table at a math conference in the Adirondack Mountains. "I knew immediately we'd get married," Mrs. Tucker says. They got their marriage license less than a year later, on Valentine's Day.

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Aw! But why is it this everlasting love shit never seems to happen to slutty city-dwelling alcoholics with dozens of romantic failures behind them? Yeah, nevermind. Happy V Day!

Keeping Love Alive [WSJ]

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@Kataroo_Kangaroo: @notaclevername: My mom didn't even get out of the car. She was a widow with two children when she was set up with my (step) dad by my uncle on her first date since my father died. She pulled up to his house to pick him up and said she had a moment before she even got out of the car when she said "I'm going to marry him." Three weeks later, they were engaged. They've been together about 19 years now.

Another story: One day, my aunt was walking into our grandparents house as my mom and I were walking out. My aunt had a new boyfriend with her: they'd been seeing one another about a week or so. "Oh darn, you won't get to really meet John," said my aunt. John walked into the house to put something away (my mom saw him for about two seconds)"Do you want to know something?' my mom asked "You're going to marry him." She did and they've been together 15 years+

My great grandma did the same thing with me and my husband.