Do you believe in love at first sight? Maybe you’ve stepped inside a coffee shop or bar, locked eyes with someone, and known you’d discovered something special.
For most of us, love doesn’t play out like that, but it is pretty fun to imagine. Regardless of how you meet that special someone, your body reacts pretty intensely to love.
Did you know your brain judges attractiveness in milliseconds? While it may take a while to learn someone’s inner beauty, physical attractiveness is determined pretty quickly.
After that, hormones flood your body with desire. Your heart races and your palms sweat thanks to adrenaline and norepinephrine.
Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach? That’s actually thanks to your brain releasing hormones that contract the blood vessels near your stomach. What you’re actually feeling is most similar to nausea.
Whether you’ve found your happily ever after or you’re still looking, now you have an idea of signs to look out for. If your body shows you any of these signals, you may have locked eyes with Mr. (or Mrs.) Right.
Once you do make things official, it can get expensive pretty quickly. February is still a ways away, but there’s always time to learn more about just how much romance costs us.