My partner Anie and I have been together for more than 20 years—long enough to know the ups and downs of long-term love. Our culture tries to tell us that love is simple and pure. Humans have always been drawn to this idea, defined as the sudden onset of an overwhelming feeling that pulsates between two people for time and all eternity.

What is love? (Besides a banger 90s hit.) It comes in so many different forms, shapes, and colours that you can put in what you like, take from it what you will, interpret and feel it depending on time of the day or where you are in your journey through life.

Love. A complex emotion explored through books, poetry, art and song for centuries. Discussed and debated in depth by theologists, philosophers, psychologists, and among friends and family.

Oxytocin is a hormone and neurotransmitter, produced in the brain by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. It is perhaps best known for its involvement in childbirth and breastfeeding but its actions and potential benefits go far beyond the period of childbearing.