What happens to your body when you flirt
You probably weren't an A-plus flirter the first time you tried it out — and you might think it's still not quite your forte — but over time, many people develop those skills necessary to do it well. "Flirting is an important social emotional skill," Dr. Stan Tatkin, a couples therapist and author of many books including, Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, told me. "It is part of social emotional intelligence, just like lying is. It's an important skill to have for friendliness, for being attractive in the world."
Not everyone actually has the capacity to flirt or flirt well, but if you can effectively flirt, there's an awful lot that happens in your body while you're doing so. From hormonal changes, neurotransmitter activity, metabolism changes, and more, here's some of what's going on below the surface while you're practicing your best hair-flip-smile combo.