21 Fascinating Things We Now Know About Love And Romance.
This article is based on "Love Facts: 24 Facts About Love". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article. Sources for individual points are hyperlinked numbers.
"I Love You". For some people those three words are all they need to get through the day. But what exactly does love mean exactly? What are people willing to do for love? Read below to find out more about one of the most intense human emotions.
1. According to a recent study, a beautiful face attracts more partners than a beautiful body.
2. In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple at a woman was considered a declaration of love.
3. It is scientifically proven that being in love makes you less productive.
4. The founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com
5. Couples synchronize their heart rates after gazing into each others' eyes for three minutes.
6. In 2014 a prisoner escaped a detention center in Arizona to spend Valentine's Day with his girlfriend.
7. A heartbroken farmer in Argentina has spent the past 40 years cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honour his late wife.
8. In India, there's a vigilante group called the "Love Commandos" that offers protection to couples from different castes who fall in love.
9. The Greek language has many words for love including eros (sexual passion), philia (deep friendship), agape (selfless love or charity), and storge (familial love).
10. Cuddling triggers the same neurological reaction as taking painkillers.
11. In Auschwitz, an SS guard fell in love with a Jewish prisoner. He saved her life multiple times and she testified on his behalf during his post-war trial.
12. Falling in love is biochemically indistinguishable from having severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
13. 23% of couples who meet through online dating end up marrying.
14. Erotomania is a psychological disorder in which the person believes another person, usually higher status like a celebrity, is in love with them.
15. Before 1250 the heart symbol was used to represent foliage, not love.
16. Philophobia is the fear of falling in love.
17. A recent study found that men are more likely to say "I love you" first.
18. King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. He did, and she became the Queen of Norway.
19. Marriage shifted from arranged marriages to love-based marriages in the 17th-to-18th century.
20. There are an estimated 3 million first dates every day worldwide.
21. 2% of couples have fallen in love in a grocery store.
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