Scientists estimate that most people fall in love about seven times before they get married.
Interestingly, the word love is derived from the Sanskrit word lubh, which means desire.
Wedding rings are often worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, as the ancient Greeks claimed that this finger contains the amoris vein, or "vein of love, " that goes straight to the heart.
Semen can potentially promote romantic love. Reports show that the fluid that surrounds semen contains dopamine (the "pleasure-producing enzyme").
The European man subconsciously looks for women whose waist circumference is about 70% with hips. The women depicted in the paintings of the Middle Ages had just such proportions.
In ancient Greece, the apple was a symbol of love.
Antidepressants can jeopardize romantic love because they increase serotonin levels and suppress obsessive thoughts about the beloved.
Some psychologists claim that we fall in love with someone who looks like our parents.
Studies show that when a man meets a woman in an extreme situation, the likelihood of love increases.
Women around the world are more likely to fall in love with men who have education, wealth, respect, status, and a sense of humor. During ovulation, women become more interested in men with male characteristics: healthy, hairy and strong.
Men in love show more activity in the visual part of the brain, while women in the part of the brain that governs memory.
The maple leaf is a symbol of love in China, Japan and North America and was often engraved on the beds of the early settlers.
Interestingly, love and lust activate different areas of the brain.
The longer the courtship lasts, the better the prospects for a long marriage. People who have an intense romance at the beginning of their acquaintance often get divorced.
Couples all over the world who divorce tend to do so in their fourth year of marriage. After four years of marriage, the next crisis in the relationship comes in 8-10 years.
The Kama Sutra is the oldest text about love in Sanskrit literature written by Malanaga Vatsyayana around the second century AD. Kama is the Hindu god of love and also means desire and the Sutra is a textbook.
Heart is a common symbol of love. Ancient alchemists used the heart symbol to spell love.
An interesting fact, romantic love lasts a little over a year, perhaps because the brain cannot maintain a state of romantic bliss forever.
On average, men around the world marry women who are three years younger than themselves. Men who remarry usually choose a wife five years younger.