Falling in love is not something that happens often in one’s life — so when it finally does, it’s quite special. Of course, it is not an event that you can plan nor prepare for. When you finally cross paths with that right person, everything will just fall into place. It is something that cannot be forced. According to the research, your hormones, interests, and upbringing all help determine who you fall for – and who falls for you.
Since your partner plays a significant role in your long-term health, happiness, and even your career prospects, there are scoured studies explaining the psychological reasons of why two people click:
1. People may fall in love if they are really alike
Meaning sharing the same likes, values, life experiences and interests. Sources: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
2. It does help when you resemble their opposite-sex parent
It might be both something from the appearance, like eye or hair color, but also age may play a role. Children of young parents are more likely to search for the young partners as well. Source :Evolution & Human Behavior.
3. Scent may be one of the factors in one’s attraction towards another
And it doesn’t always go for the scent of perfume. Researchers show that ovulating women tend to prefer scents of men with more testosterone, while men give preference to scents of the women at certain times in their menstrual cycles. Sources: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Psychological Science, Psychological Science.
4. Keeping an open posture
It makes you less closed off and more inviting for approaching and attractive in the eyes of the others. Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
5. Even the height plays a great role when it comes to attractiveness
6. Thrilling experiences together can boost the spark between two people
So maybe you should skip that cup of coffee or restaurant dinner and go for sky diving instead. Source: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
7. The closer two people are to each other, the easier it is for them to connect
The closer you live to each other the more likely you will run into each other more often and will get to know each other better by running into each other on random occasions. Source: American Psychologist.
8. Open and sincere smile
According to researchers many people get attracted to more positive partners. Source: Cognition & Emotion.
9. But the best way to fall in love with somebody is by getting to know him or her of course