Many species find a mate for the purposes of having babies, but the process of pair bonding in humans begins with falling in love. If you think you’ve avoided the common mistakes people make when searching for their soulmate and you’re ready to find out if you’re falling in love, keep reading.
10 SIGNS YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE
1. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU HAVEN’T LAUGHED THIS HARD IN A LONG TIME.
Your partner is the funniest person you know. They’ve made you laugh so hard that you almost peed your pants but when you try to tell someone else, you realize it was an inside joke after all. Having your own joyful, playful romantic talk as a couple is a great sign that you’ve fallen in love.
2. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU SAY ‘YES’ TO THINGS YOU WOULD HAVE SAID ‘NO’ TO BEFORE.
Your date asks if you’d like to go to a museum for a showing of some artist you’ve never heard of. Your brain screams ‘No!’ but your mouth says ‘I’d love to!’ Changing your actions to suit your partner’s preferences is an excellent sign that you’re in love.
3. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOUR PARTNER ISN’T EVEN YOUR TYPE
He’s a blonde and you like brunettes. She’s too tall for your usual taste in women. Settling for something other than your usual set of traits that you look for in a partner is a good sign you’re in love.
4. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOUR PARTNER DRIVES YOU CRAZY.
Finding your perfect match can be stressful and the one that you’re currently coupled with is driving you crazy. They leave their stuff everywhere, they pick their teeth with a fork at the table, or they’re always 10 minutes late for the movie, and you hate that! When we focus on the negative, it’s a sign that we are testing ourselves to see if this is really the right person for us.
Researchers who studied couples who had recently fallen in love found that ‘Cortisol levels were significantly higher amongst those subjects who had recently fallen in love, as compared with those who had not. The increased cortisol levels’are suggestive of the ”stressful” and arousing conditions associated with the initiation of a social contact. ‘ In other words, if your hormones are sending distress signals, you could be falling in love.
5. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU KEEP LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SHOW YOU CARE.
Your partner likes a clean car, so the last time you fueled up for them you took their car through the carwash. And maybe on the way home from work you’ll stop to pick up a chocolate surprise, just for them. You’re just so thoughtful lately, and thinking of ways to express that you care means you’re falling in love.
6. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU NOTICE THINGS WITH YOUR SENSES MORE.
The scent of your partner’s hair after they wash it, the shape of their chin when they turn their head, and the way they touch your lower back sends chills up your spine; your senses are heightened when you’re falling in love. Touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight are all tuned in to your partner and everything about them.
7. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU’RE MENTALLY PLANNING A FUTURE WITH THEM.
Well it’s not your fault that you’ve already moved in with your partner in your mind, it could be oxytocin to blame. Oxytocin is released during sex, and it is thought that it plays a role in monogamous pair bonding in couples. Oxytocin is responsible for us feeling trust and a sense of security. That security makes you feel like this will be a lasting love.
8. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOU’RE NOT GROSSED OUT BY THEIR BODILY FLUIDS.
Since you’ve already had long make out sessions, your partner’s runny nose when they have a cold doesn’t bother you. Holding their hair while they puke is just fine with you too. You wouldn’t do this for just anyone, and that’s a good sign that you’re falling in love.
9. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF EVERY ROMANTIC MOVIE AND SONG MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR PARTNER.
You’re singing along to the radio and making a playlist named after your partner. You wonder if your partner is a Sleepless in Seattle fan like you are. When every romantic word or scene makes you think of your partner, it’s a sign.
10. IT’S A SIGN YOU’RE FALLING IN LOVE IF YOUR PARTNER’S SMILE IS THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD TO YOU.
Although your partner has that one tooth that’s not quite straight, the sight of their smile just melts your heart. Knowing that your partner is happy makes you feel joy too. Read our guide 10 Signs You’ve Found a Keeper for even more good news about your true love.