10 ways to know when you are in love

by PaulGoodman67

I list 10 signs to look for, if you think you might be in love.

The experience of being in love has often been romanticized by poets and given almost mystical qualities - but at the same, most human beings on the planet fall in love at least once during their lives, so in some ways it is a very common thing to happen.

Being in love is a state of mind which has been described variously as like being mentally ill, intoxicated, irrational, absurd, and by some as being the best feeling ever. Perhaps everybody's individual experience of being in love is slightly different, but there are common feelings that most people experience.

Here is my list of the top 10 ways to know when you are in love. You do not need to experience all of the symptoms in the list in order to be in love, but it gives you some idea of what to look out for - and if you are experiencing most of them, then you probably are in love!

boardwalk couple1. You feel nervous and self conscious around your new romantic love, especially in the early stages of the relationship. You speak with a stutter that you never knew you had. You sweat, feel dizzy and your heart palpitates.

2. You have no desire for anyone but your romantic partner. You forget about any of your exes. Your friends and relatives become less important. You are focused on your one special person.

3. You can't stop thinking about your new romantic partner. You obsess about them. You wonder if they are thinking about you, as much as you are thinking about them. 4. You are filled with manic energy. You don't feel like eating and you find it difficult to get to sleep - when you do sleep, you find yourself dreaming of your romantic love.

5. You find everything about your new romantic lover wonderful - even the things that you once thought were a little irritating, you now find charming. This is known as viewing them through rose-colored spectacles.

Loving couple6. You want to spend all your time with them. The things that you used to enjoy before don't seem like as much fun now, if your special friend isn't going to be there.

7. You find yourself changing elements of yourself to suit your new romance. You wear different clothes, like different bands, even shift your politics a little because you are determined to impress them. 8. Your moods depend entirely on your relationship. When things are going well, you are happy, when they aren't going well, you are in despair. You find yourself obsessing about how much your partner likes you and analyzing everything that they say and do with you.

9. A lot of your old ideas from when you were single about what you wanted from your life and what was important don't seem so hot now. You plan your life in partnership with your new lover and you're prepared to compromise to make things happen.

10. You daydream about what will happen in the future with your new romance. You think about what it would be like to get married, to live together, to go on vacation together, to have children.

How many times have you been in love?

Updated: 02/12/2013, PaulGoodman67
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