Think you know all there is to know about love? Think again. Here are 15 of the most surprising facts about love we’ve found
1. Love at first sight does exist
In fact, it takes less than four minutes to decide whether you have feelings for someone or not.
2. The eyes have it
Your eyes don’t lie – watch your pupils dilate when you look at someone you love.
3. He says it first
One of the most surprising facts about love – men are generally quicker to say, ‘I love you’ in relationships than women.
4. The look of love is enough
Just looking at a photo of your significant other can alleviate physical pain.
5. Love is a drug
Falling in love has the same neurological effects as cocaine!
6. Forget opposites attract
In fact, people with a similar level of attractiveness are more likely to end up together.
7. Say thank you to stay happy
Expressing gratitude towards the people you love causes an immediate spike in your happiness levels.
8. He wants to commit
A recent survey by the experts at eharmony and relationship charity Relate found that single men feel more pressure to settle down than women.
9. Break-ups take time
The physical and mental pain of a break-up lasts for 26 days on average.
10. Thrill seekers attract partners
If you choose an adrenalin-fuelled date activity, your potential partner may well seem more attractive.
11. Tie the knot
The knot is a symbol of eternal love in many cultures.
12. We’re not the only monogamous species
Gibbons, wolves, beavers, and swans are just a few of the animals that mate for life.
13. There’s no such thing as ‘the one’
People fall in love seven times, on average, before getting married.
14. Love yourself first
People who have high self-esteem tend to have longer, more successful relationships than those who don’t.
15. Always kiss goodbye
A study has shown that men who kiss their wives in the morning could live up to five years longer.