How Do You Really Know If You Are Falling in Love?

There’s no question that the early stages of a relationship can be confusing. Your own emotions may be difficult to fully decipher, and trying to categorize them as falling in love or as just a passing attraction can be tricky.

Here are some questions to help you sort it out:

Are you suddenly doing new things?

As people fall in love, they often branch out beyond their normal range of activities and try those that their partners favor.

Have you been especially stressed lately?

As welcome as falling in love might be, evidence links the experience with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Does he return your feelings?

Women who think they’re falling in love tend to have their feelings returned more often than men.

Do you fall in love frequently?

New evidence suggests that men fall in love more frequently than women.

Are you tempted to say, “I love you”?

Although people might imagine that women are the first to utter it, though, research on heterosexual couples again indicates that it’s men who are more apt to say “I love you” first. They also tend to fall in love faster.