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Met someone wonderful and think you might be falling in love? Long the domain of poets, artists, and philosophers, love is a fairly new topic in the world of scientific study. However, despite being late to party, science has provided some excellent insights into why romance makes us act the way we do. One of the most well-known scientists studying love is biological anthropologist, author, and TED Talk guru Helen Fisher. This means that you can feel genuinely high when falling in love.


The butterflies, the constant desire to want to chat or text themand the sudden need to buy a completely new wardrobe just to impress them, even though your wallet totally disagrees with you. It actually feels pretty similar to when you're falling in love for real.

And you're dying to know if they love you, too.

Because of that, it can be hard to distinguish between romantic love, platonic love, and like, or even infatuation. When it comes to platonic love, things are more simple. For starters, platonic is defined by Merriam-Webster as "being a relationship marked by the absence of romance or sex. Platonic relationships provide the opportunity to get comfortable and build trust in a safe, supportive environment. You can bond over your hobbies and interests and provide and receive emotional and mental support when you're in need.

Falling in love versus being in love.

Nikki Coleman, a d psychologist, said "Platonic love is what we feel when there is trust, safety, and validation in a close relationship. Things may get a bit more tricky when it comes to deciphering romantic love, but it's not always super hard to determine. According to Maria Sullivan, dating expert and vice president of Dating. When you're in love, you're genuinely a happier person.

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It's like you're on a natural high. The thought of spending time with your partner really excites you and just looking at the dozens of selfies you took together is enough to put a cheesy smile on your face. But being in love also makes you a tiny bit nervous.

You're anxious for what the future holds. Because you know that you want your relationship to last.

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When you're in love, you're excited to do things you've already done a million times before because it's with your partner this time. They're the first ones you think of when you see a romantic movie preview or when you're planning to make a quick trip to the nearest fast food place. You'd even be willing to sit through four hours of a sports game if it means spending time with them. Maria says that's because love sparks a new change in you.

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I compare it to a feeling of being really awake and excited," she says. Being with your partner isn't hard work.

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You don't have to struggle to find time to spend with them because you really want to. Even the arguments don't feel as intense as they did in other relationships. While all couples argue and bicker, when you're both in love, your priority is your relationship, not your pride.

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You're not worried about being the first person to give in or lose the argument because you can't imagine your life without this person. Even one day apart really feels like forever.

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When you're in love, your partner is always in the back of your mind. You might have a sudden thought to call them because you haven't chatted in a few hours.

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Or, maybe, you go into a clothing store with the intention of buying something for yourself and then end up buying something for your partnertoo. When you like someone, you can brush it off and think of other things as you go about your day," Maria says. When you're in love, this person is always on your mind, but it isn't overwhelming.

1. you love how they smell.

It is a calm and secure reality you will consistently crave," Maria says. A little bit of jealousy is natural. Jealousy becomes dangerous, however, when you start obsessing over what your partner's doing, so much so that you do stuff like look through their phone without them knowing. That is toxic behavior and it might al you're not in a healthy relationship.

4. you prioritize their needs.

When you're in love, you're obviously attracted to your partner, so it's only natural that you want to be all over them all the time. Whether it's simply holding hands or turning your cuddling into an intense make-out sessionyou want to be affectionate towards your second half. If you're completely repulsed by them, that's something to think about. When you're really into your relationship, you want to bring your partner into all aspects of your life.

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You want to introduce them to your family and friends because you genuinely want your relationship last. When you're in love, you start seeing your bae as an extension of yourself, so when they're hurt, nervous or really excited about something like getting accepted into a school or program they really wanted, then you experience the same feelings as them.

Feeling empathy towards your partner also makes you want to make tiny sacrifices for them, like getting up and going to the store for some soup and medicine when they're sick. Small things like that are easy to do when they're for the person you love. You know you're in love when being with your second half makes you want to improve yourself in some way, whether it's setting new goals or having a more positive attitude.

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Your partner should push you towards becoming better, but not in a way that's consistently negative. When you're truly in love with someone, you want your partner to succeed as much as you because you want to create a stable future for both of you.

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When you truly love someone, you know that you don't have plans to let them go any time soon, if ever. So, you start to include them in all your future plans, whether it's going on vacation or figuring out your plan after high school. You start thinking of your partner when you're making big decisions because you want them to be there for it all.

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