Falling in love is a fascinating experience, but it’s not always what we think it’s going to be. While growing up, we consume a lot of information that makes us think we understand what the signs you’re in love are and what being in love is all about. But the romance found in Disney movies isn’t always how it goes down. Likewise, if you read romance novels or even novels that incorporate romance, they can make you believe that anything is possible in the world of love. That one day, you wake up, it clicks, and you just know.
This idea of finding “the one” can make the whole process of falling in love very confusing. Is he or she the one? How are any of us supposed to know if we’re actually in love or if we’re just in love with the idea of being in love?
It’s a big, confusing world of love and life out there. But there really are some tell-tale signs you’re in love that can help you figure it out.
Here are eight important signs you’re in love:
1. You don’t feel pain.
And yes, I mean physical pain. (And yes, this is actually true!) Studies have shown that love really is a bit of a drug, and intense love actually has the ability to relieve pain. As written in the New York Times, a study at Stanford University showed that there’s a major link between love and pain. After studying the brains of 15 different college students who claimed to be in love, the study found that their responses to pain were just a bit more delayed than usual. Researchers studied the pain response in the students under three different scenarios. When a bit of heat was placed on the palm of their hands, while looking at a picture of someone they were in love with, they were less likely to feel severe pain. So if you’re knocking into walls or stubbing your toe while thinking about your one true love, don’t be surprised if you magically feel okay.