14 Surprising Reasons Why People Fall In Love With Each Other, According To Science | 22 Words

There's no convenient all-inclusive explanation for why people fall in love. But this list is compiled of many factors that psychologists have found increases the chance of falling in love with someone.

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Just promise you won't use this knowledge to go breaking anyone's heart...

You tend to fall in love by getting to know a person. In fact, feelings of love can overcome a person after only 36 questions about the other person in 45 minutes. So letting someone really get to know you is a good way to get them to fall in love with you. Makes sense, right?

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"Opposites attract" isn't really true. Similar people tend to gravitate towards each other. Especially when it comes to values.

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Scent drives attraction. Women, especially when ovulating, are attracted to men's scent of testosterone even more.

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Look like the other person's parent. It's weird, but men are attracted to women who look like their moms. And girls like guys who look like their dads. Not sure if you can work towards that goal, but it's worth a shot!

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Another thing you can't do much about is height. Women are attracted to taller men because they see them as more "manly."

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Do something thrilling or exhilarating with the other person. Not only will it bring you closer together in the moment, but it will make them feel excited when they think of you!

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Distance does NOT make the heart grow fonder. Long-distance relationships have less success because affection is often derived from seeing people, even unexpectedly.

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Smile more. If you smile more, you're seen as positive, which is a turn-on for both sexes.

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Don't have your partner be better looking than you are. This sounds funny, but couples have a better chance of falling in love if one feels they're not more attractive than the other person.

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Be chivilarous. Even in the face of equal rights, both men and women put a premium on those who put others before themselves. But don't be a people-pleaser or a doormat, because that gets the opposite reaction.

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If you have a symmetrical face, the other party will interpret that as beauty. People are subconsciously attracted to it even if they don't realize it.

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Keep open body language with your hands and arms spread open. Those who tend to close off their body appear guarded and uncomfortable, which makes them less desirable.

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Get the other person to stare into your eyes for two minutes. It might be an awkward request and activity, but it's been shown to ratchet up the intimacy and attraction between two people.

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Get a dog. Duh. You'll come off as a nurturing person with an ability to commit.

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Those with musical talent are deemed more attractive and desirable. In fact, those holding a guitar case got more interest in an experiment than those holding gym bags.

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