Love is a force that can take over your life.
When someone is in love, it can be difficult for a person to think of much else beyond the object of their affection.
We don’t normally choose to fall in love, it more or less just “happens.” When feelings of love and attraction are not reciprocated, it can lead to sadness, emotional distress, and in extreme cases, even suicide.
What we don’t know about love probably outweighs what we do know by a significant margin, but we have learned a lot, including the following.
1. Shopping For Love
Most people don’t stop by the market with the idea of leaving with a new love interest, but a survey on the subject concluded that 2 percent of couples who fall in love met at a supermarket.
If you’re on the prowl for a new partner, the supermarket may not be a bad place to look.
2. Free to Choose
Up until the 1700’s most marriages were arranged. Only then did it start to become acceptable for marriages to be based on love and the freedom of couples to choose.
3. Face The Facts
While there are many ways we can be attracted to one another, research has revealed that the attractiveness of a person’s face is likely the most important criteria when choosing a partner.
Tastes differ, of course, so what’s attractive to one person may not be attractive to another.
4. Cuddle Therapy
The act of cuddling can have much the same effect on the brain and nervous system as taking pain killers.
5. One Track Mind
Research has concluded that a person in love is usually a less productive person.
It’s likely that this is more of a problem for people who are in a new relationship when feelings are very intense and tend to distract from other aspects of life, like working.
6. Victim of Success
The founder of the popular online dating website Match.com lost his girlfriend when she met another man on Match.com!
7. Fair Trade?
People who fall in love often do so at the expense of their friends. It is not uncommon for couples to rely less on contact with friends and acquaintances when their attention is so focused on their partner.
8. Deep Connection
Two people who are in love can synchronize their heartbeats by gazing into each other’s eyes for about three minutes.
9. Running Scared
It’s probably safe to say that a number of people have encountered potential mates that never seemed capable of making a commitment. The fear of falling in love is called philophobia.
10. Addicted to Love?
Analysis of the biochemical reactions of people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and people who are in love yield virtually the same results.
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