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The 21 Most Romantic Facts Of All Time

Belief in love restored.

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1. Hugs can make you live longer.

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Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found that couples who hugged for just 20 seconds at the end of the day had lower heart rates and blood pressure than couples who didn't — both of which are physiological stress reactions that could lead to heart disorders.

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5. And in Argentina, a farmer planted a forest in the shape of a guitar more than two-thirds of a mile long in honor of his late wife.

6. Couples can sync up their heart rates by ~staring into each other's eyes~.

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In a (limited) study, 32 heterosexual couples were made to calmly gaze at each other for three minutes, to see if their heart activity would adjust to coordinate. They did!

7. Just looking at a loved one's photograph can be enough to relieve physical pain.

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Volunteers in a 2009 experiment reported feeling less physical pain while a "moderately painful heat stimuli" was administered to their arms if they were looking at photographs of their boyfriends, versus looking at photographs of strangers. Similar results were seen while holding their boyfriends' hands.

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9. Love at first sight, as we know it, can happen as quickly as in one-fifth of a second.

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One study showed the release of dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline, and other hormones associated with love just 0.2 seconds after initial visual contact.

11. Still, initial attraction isn't everything.

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In a Match.com survey of 5,200 single Americans, 35% of men and women said they fell in love with people they didn't immediately find attractive. (More than half of those people said attraction came after engaging conversation and shared interests.)

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14. And in Iowa, Vivian Boyack and Alice Dubes (91 and 90, respectively) were married after 72 years together.

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18. Your brain is wired to think obsessively about the object of your affection — at least in the early stage of that affection.

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Studies show that serotonin (a calming hormone) levels dropped in people who had recently fallen in love, which is also what happens in people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

19. Those early stages of love also make you a less productive person.

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In a 2013 study, participants in a new relationship showed low cognitive control — i.e., weakened concentration and less of an ability to perform specific tasks. Too busy thinking about love! <3 <3

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