10 weird reasons why people fall in love

According to research, your hormones, interests, and even your parents' looks could decide who you choose

Love is mysterious, but it's probably not destiny. Since your partner plays a significant role in your longterm health, happiness, and even your career prospects, we've scoured the studies and collected some of the psychological reasons two people click.

If you're really, really alike

Studies have shown that the cliche that "opposites attract" is totally off. "Partners who are similar in broad dispositions, like personality , are more likely to feel the same way in their day-to-day lives," says Gian Gonzaga, lead author of a study of couples who met on eHarmony. "This may make it easier for partners to understand each other."

If you look like their opposite-sex parent

University of St. Andrews psychologist David Perrett found that some people are attracted to folks with the same hair and eye colour of their opposite-sex parents, as well as the age range they saw at birth. "We found that women born to 30+ parents were less impressed by youth, and more attracted to age cues in male faces than women with younger parents," the authors wrote. For men, preferences for female faces were influenced by their mother's age.

If you smell right

A University of Southern California study of women who were ovulating suggested that some prefer the smell of T-shirts worn by men with high levels of testosterone. This matched with other hormone-based instincts: Some women also preferred men with a strong jaw line when they were ovulating.

If you keep your hands and torso open

Keeping your hands stuffed in your pockets and your shoulders turned inward sends the signal that you're not interested. But talking with your hands and standing in an open stance shows that you're available.

If you stare into each other's eyes for two mins

When University of Massachusetts psychologist Joan Kellerman asked 72 unacquainted undergrads to pair off and stare into each other's eyes for two minutes, they reported increased feelings of passionate love and affection towards the other person. "This suggests that long periods of eye contact can connect you to someone and even ignite feelings of love," says Kellerman.

If you own a dog

In a University of Michigan experiment, women read vignettes about men. Whenever the story featured a person who owned a dog, women rated them with higher long-term attractiveness.This is because, researchers have hypothesized, pet ownership could signal a nurturing person or one with a tendency toward relationship commitment.

If you play music

Researchers in France found that musical practice is associated with sexual selection. In an experiment, a young man holding either a guitar case or sports bag asked 300 young women for their numbers. When the man held the guitar case, more women were willing to give him their number.

If you wear the colour red

In a Slovakian research study women who wore the colour red were more successful in mating game scenarios. This can be at tributed to sexual signaling because women use the color red to attract potential mates.

If you have a certain type of facial hair

In an Australian experiment researchers found that women consider faces with heavy stubble more attractive than heavy beards, light stubble, or clean shaven faces. Researchers also found that the more facial hair a man had, the more masculine a woman perceived him to be.

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