Knowing that you are in love feels different for everyone. Some have been in love often and know their feelings well, and others may not be so sure if it is love or just a deep infatuation.

12 signs that you are in love according to science

Fortunately, your body has some pretty clever ways of telling you if these feelings for your partner are more than a passing phase. Be on the lookout for these telltale signs the next time you find yourself wondering if you really are in love.

You can’t stop looking at that person

If that person ever caught you looking lovingly at them, it could be a sign that you are head over heels in love . Eye contact means that you are obsessed with something, so if you find that your eyes are fixed on that special someone, you may be falling in love.

Studies have also found that couples who stare at each other report feeling a stronger romantic connection than those who don’t. The reverse is also true: When a study had strangers exchange glances for minutes, they reported romantic feelings for each other.

You feel you fly

It’s completely normal to feel out of your mind when you fall in love with someone. A Kinsey Institute study found that the brain of a person who falls in love looks the same as the brain of a person who has used cocaine. You can thank the dopamine, which is released in both cases, for that feeling.

This is a good explanation for why people in new relationships can act absolutely mindless.

You are always thinking of that person

If you love someone, you may feel like you can’t get them out of your head. That’s because your brain releases phenylethylamine , also known as the “love drug” when you fall in love with someone. This hormone creates the feeling of falling in love with your partner.

You may be familiar with the sensation because phenylethylamine is also found in chocolate, which may explain why you can’t stop after just one bite.

You want that person to be happy

Love is an equal partnership, but you will find that someone’s happiness becomes really important to you when you fall in love with that person. So-called “compassionate love” may be one of the biggest signs of a healthy relationship, according to research. This means that you are willing to do everything you can to make your partner’s life easier and happier.

If you find that you go out of your way to keep your partner dry when walking in the rain or feeding them breakfast on a hectic morning of the week, it is a sign that you are in love.

Have you been stressed lately

Although love is often associated with warm and fuzzy feelings, it can also be a great source of stress. Being in love often causes the brain to release the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to warmth.

So if you have noticed that your patience is being tested a little more than normal or if you are going crazy, you may not need to carry a stress ball just yet; you can just be in love.

You feel no pain

Having someone busy thinking about that person can be painful, but if you’ve realized that literally that doesn’t bother you that much anymore, it could be a great sign that you’re in love.

A study conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine had participants look at a photo of someone they loved and found that the act could reduce moderate pain by up to 40% and reduce severe pain by up to 15%.

So if you get a tattoo, it is recommended that you have a photo of your partner handy. Just in case.

You are trying new things

Everyone wants to impress their date at the beginning of their relationships, but if you’ve constantly seen yourself trying new things that your partner likes, you may have been bitten by the love virus.

In fact, one study found that people who claimed to be in love often had mixed interests and personality traits after those relationships. So even if you hate that kind of dance where you are going to practice with your partner, it could have a positive effect on your personality.

Your heart rate syncs with theirs

Your heart may skip a beat when you think of the person you love, but a study showed that it can also be beating at the same time between the two of you. A study conducted by the University of California suggests that couples’ hearts begin to beat at the same speed when they fall in love.

Although you may not be able to tell if this has happened without some stethoscopes, feeling a deep connection with your partner is a good sign that you are in love.

You’re okay with gross things

If you are a notorious creep and kiss your partner instantly after watching him pick his nose, you may be in love. In fact, a study from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands found that feelings of sexual arousal can override feelings of disgust. So that means, if you are super attracted to your partner, their quirky and somewhat gross tastes in food, they won’t bother you at all. That’s love.

You get more sweaty

If you have nausea and sweat, either you have a bad stomach or you are falling in love. One study found that falling in love can make you feel sick and display physical symptoms similar to anxiety or stress, such as sweating.

Although this feeling will probably pass once you really feel comfortable with your partner, it may be a good idea to bring an extra scarf, just to be safe.

You love its quirks

If you really know a person, you are likely to focus on the little things that make them unique. And if you are in love, these are probably some of the things that attract you the most about them.

One study found that little quirks can actually make a person fall more deeply in love with someone rather than just physical attributes because people have unique preferences. So even though you may have judged your partner harshly at first glance, if you find that you suddenly marvel at their uniqueness, you may fall in love.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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