It goes without saying that love has been around since the beginning of time, so it’s not surprising that experts have nailed down some similarities between lovers. Here’s a few fun ones as compiled by Laura Schaefer, a writer for Match.com:
**1. Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t.
**2. When it comes to doing the deed early in the relationship, 78 percent of women would decline having sex if they had not shaved their legs or underarms.
(Now, this one surprised me. Aren’t the feminists known for declaring they don’t need a man in their lives?)
**4. When describing how they fell in love, lovers overwhelmingly believe the process is out of their control.
**5. Couples’ personalities merge over time to make partners more and more similar.
**6. People are more likely to tilt their heads to the right when kissing instead of the left (a whopping 65 percent go to the right!).
**7. According to mathematical theory, we should date a dozen people before choosing a long-term partner to provide the best chance that you’ll make a love match.
**8. A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
(How could they possibly determine that?)
(Well, duh. Those of us who write romances have always known that. Throw the hero and heroine together from the get-go, and there’s a guaranteed happy ending.)
**10. Rosy cheeks are crucial when looking for a lover. British scientists have discovered that primates prefer mates with red faces. A rosy glow in humans indicates good health.
(Hmm. Maybe that’s why we women use blusher, eh?)
A recent study on more than 10,000 dating individuals done at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that it doesn’t take us much time to know when the right person appeals to us. In fact, it’s almost instantaneous.
Within moments of meeting, men and women rely on visual cues such as age, height and attractiveness to determine their mates. Oddly enough, deeper rooted factors such as religion, education and income tend to play far smaller roles.
I remember the exact moment when I met my husband. It’s a vivid memory. I was a junior in high school and working at a Shopko type of store as a cashier. He came in with his best friend, who was my best friend’s boyfriend. Doug stood over by the magazine rack with an Old Home Chocolate pie in his hand. He had no idea I was even there, but I knew who he was. He came through my check stand with his friend and barely glanced at me. But I schmoozed my girlfriend to set us up on a double-date.
Soon after, our best friends broke up, but Doug and I stayed together. Even though I saw him first and initiated the first date, he fell for me faster. I dated a few guys after we met, but Doug never dated another girl since meeting me.
I absolutely love girl-meets-boy stories. Tell me yours. How did you meet your mate? Was it love at first sight? Or did it take you longer to decide?