We have all heard stories that we pass around as urban legends, historical facts, and romantic comedies; stories of people who meet and are immediately drawn to each other, feeling like they have known each other for ages in what can be described as “love at first sight.” We recount these for one another with a bit of a smile and some rolling of eyes, telling our own anecdotes of friends or family members who met like this and how it eventually turned out for them: whether it was happily ever after, a punchline ending in a break-up or divorce, or just two confused people trying to navigate their way through the darkest days of their romance. All this brings us back to the issue at hand - is love at first sight reasonable?
Before we can answer that question we must first understand the effects of hormones on our bodies and our behavior. When we encounter a new person, one whom we are attracted to, our body begins to release hormones and neurotransmitters that begin to influence our emotions in an overwhelming manner. Specifically, the hormone oxytocin which is sometimes also known as the “love hormone” is released when we become ever more connected to someone. This fosters feelings of security, attachment, and trust among us, so when a person meets someone they feel an instant connection to; they are not simply making decision impulsively.
At the same time, it must be acknowledged that love at first sight (or like) is not the same as true and deep connections that take months or even years to build. Neither is pure physical attraction based on looks and chemistry. So, is it reasonable to develop strong feelings for someone instantly? Yes, it is. It is understandable from a hormonal and emotional perspective why two people would be so drawn to one another and develop a connection, but it is also essential to apply caution and remember that despite these initial “sparks” that the two may experience, it is necessary to decide whether this is an enduring connection or a passing interest.
Considering all of this, the best advice for anyone considering asking someone out is to take the time to get to know them better, be sure to get comfortable being around them, watching and analyzing their behavioral patterns, and try to become close with them by sharing more than a few words over dinner. But above all else, it is important to make sure to be honest with yourself and do your research before taking any decisive steps forward. Don’t jump into something too quickly, be mindful and consider the pros and cons of all of your options before making any moves, and most importantly, keep your wits about you, listen to your heart and trust your gut.
Love at first sight exists and love stories are worth believing in, however, it is crucial to remember that all relationships require work, effort, and nurturing if they are to last beyond a few weeks or months. You must always be prepared to proceed cautiously, be open about your feelings, and take responsibility for your decisions. Love at first sight should never be taken for granted and should always be treated with respect and caution.
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