If you have any doubts, just pay attention to the signals that your body emits. According to science, some of our body's reactions are a more than sure indication that you are in that wonderful state. With the help of The Independent, here is a reminder.
You can't help but watch it
Eye contact means you're obsessed with something, so if your pupils are fixed on your partner, you may be falling in love. Scientific studies have shown that couples who only have eyes for themselves have a stronger romantic bond than those who do not. And conversely, couples who lock eyes at the same time also feel love for each other.
You feel like you're on drugs
A study by the Kinsey Institute (USA) has shown that the brain of a person who falls in love resembles that of a person who has taken cocaine. This phenomenon is due to the dopamine, which mimics this sensation and pushes us to do the typical craziness of budding love.
You are always thinking about him/her
If you love someone, you may feel like you can't get him/her out of your mind. This is because your brain releases phenylethylamine, also known as the “love drug,” which is the hormone responsible for making you feel like you are falling in love with your partner. Phenylethylamine is also present in chocolate, which may explain why some people are so fond of this food.
You want him or her to be happy
Love is an equal partnership, but you will find that a person's happiness becomes very important to you when you fall in love with them. This means that you are willing to do everything in your power to make your partner's life easier and happier. If you do everything in your power to make your partner rest, have fun or be happy, it is a sure sign that you are in love.
You've been stressed lately
Although love is often associated with warm feelings, it can also be a big stressor. Being in love can cause the brain to release the stress hormone, cortisol. If your patience has been pretty limited lately or you're getting mad like never before, you may be stressed out in your life… or in love.
You're not in as much pain
A study conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine (USA) asked participants to stare at a picture of someone they loved and showed that this act could reduce moderate pain by 40% and severe pain by 15%.
You try new things
Maybe it's because you want to impress your new lover, but science says that if you're constantly trying new things, you've fallen in love. One study showed that people who said they were in love changed some of their interests and even their personalities after their relationship.
Your heart rate synchronizes
It sounds unbelievable, but a study conducted by the University of California at Davis (USA) suggests that couples' hearts start beating at the same rate when they fall in love.
You don't care about gross things anymore
No, don't panic, we're not talking about weird sexual practices (if they even exist). A study from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that feelings of sexual arousal can override feelings of disgust or nausea, such as those that people who are obsessed with hygiene may suffer.
You sweat more
A study has shown that falling in love can cause a feeling of unease and physical symptoms similar to anxiety or stress, such as sweating. Don't worry, this feeling will probably pass when you are really comfortable with your partner.
You like her quirks
Some other people's quirks attract your attention and may even annoy you. But that's not the case with your sweetheart: those same quirks attract you more. A study has shown that small quirks can make a person more in love, because people have unique preferences.
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