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Maybe you and a partner love each other intensely but have too many differences to sustain a lasting partnership. Regardless of the situation, love is a complicated emotion. In fact, the ability to hold on to hope in difficult or painful situations is typically considered a of personal strength.


Wondering whether you're really, truly falling in love with someone? Chances are, you've probably already asked a close friend or family member for the telltale s. And if they're like most people, they probably responded with "you just know," "it's hard to describe," or something equally vague—all of which, needless to say, are pretty unhelpful.

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

But just as there is no hard-and-fast rule for how long it takes to fall in love, there's no set checklist for how to know if what you're feeling is the real deal. Some people know after a single moment; others develop the feelings after months or even years of small gestures. That said, though, there are some common and scientifically-backed als that you're likely falling in love. For instance, you feel the need to share even the smallest moments of your day with your person, and maybe you discover that their interests are suddenly becoming your interests, too.

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Or, perhaps you seamlessly start rearranging your schedule to make more time for your guy or gal. And, of course, you might start wondering—perhaps even daydreaming—about the moment when your special someone will admit they love you, too.

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Ahead, we ask therapists, researchers, and other relationship experts to share the classic indications that you are, indeed, falling in love. So now, all you have to do is prepare to say those three big words.

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Robert J. That said, the most tellingaccording to Kang, is if you find yourself wanting to divulge as much as you can with your love interestfrom a small win at work to your relationship history. You might find yourself rehashing your conversations in the middle of work, thinking about your next date days in advance, or even envisioning your future together.

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For Kang, she remembers re-reading her husband's text messages and viewing his photos over and over again when they first began dating because she thought about him so often. If you find yourself considering whether this person feels similarly and you look for for s that they're missing you, too, that's another ifier, Dr. Richard Schwartz.

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That may mean you can't stop smiling or you might notice that you generally feel more positive and hopeful. Equally important: It doesn't feel like a sacrifice when you have to make changes to your own calendar say, brunch with your girlfriends in order to ensure you're available to attend something important to them like a family party or dinner with a sibling who's visiting from out of town.

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Yes, you read that right. As DeAlto notes, this yearning is usually coupled with feeling a rush when you think of them.

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People in the throes of falling in love often report feeling like they know more, or can do more, according to Dr. Theresa E. DiDonatoan associate professor of psychology at Loyola University Maryland. For example, someone whose partner loves hiking might start to see themselves as a hiker too. Gone are the days of swiping right on dating apps or DM'ing other potential partners.

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Replaying interactions in your mind. Analyzing text messages. Mulling over what to wear.

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While exhilarating, the newness of a relationship, the uncertainty, and the intense experience of new romantic love can predict stress, as indicated by cortisol levels or self-reported anxiety, she says. As a romantic couple gets to know each other, their own perceptions of self begin to merge, says DiDonato. On top of that, you may even start to dress or talk like your ificant other.

And, for the record, there are no rules surrounding the "right" time to tell someone that.

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Are you always talking about your partner or asking if you can bring a plus-one along? Yeah, your friends see that. And they also might notice that you've been spending less time with them as you're devoting your attention to your romantic relationship. While your BFFs are likely to understand hey, they probably did the same thingdon't forget to try to strike a balance, DiDonato urges.

You might notice that it doesn't feel weird to book your flights for that destination wedding six months from now or even to start talking about where you'll spend the holidays—because you know they'll be around to go with you.

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This is a strong and reveals commitment blossoming, according to Kang. Or perhaps what you envision goes even further In addition to envisioning a future with him or her, you might also start to talk about what that would actually look like— from what you'd need to feel happy in your marriage to whether or not you want kids to how you'd handle any religious or political differences.

You might start to notice that you no longer worry whether you'll get ghosted or you don't even consider the possibility that they could be scared off by your collection of stuffed animals. Your Best Life. Type keyword s to search.

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