We couldn’t have asked for a happier note to end this year on than with the engagement of Prince Harry and his soon-to-be bride, Megan Markle! They make a beautiful couple, and their true love is very apparent. In fact, they both claim it was love at first sight, which got us thinking…
Is love at first sight real or just a phrase we use to explain feeling instant and intense attraction to someone? We wanted to get to the bottom of this, so we asked one of our favorite dating coaches, Rhonda Richards-Smith, for her stance on the matter.
Rhonda’s “Love at First Sight” list is as follows:
Sign #1: If you feel a bit queasy upon meeting someone that you are attracted to, it could very well be love at first sight. Our feelings often impact our digestive system, so it’s common to feel butterflies or other physical sensations!
Sign # 2: If you feel genuinely fascinated with this person and their thoughts on every topic under the sun, you could be falling for them in that very moment.
Sign #3: When that first-sight feeling is mutual, a cliché movie moment may happen. Your eyes will often lock on one another and everything around you suddenly become mute. All you see and hear is each other.
Sign #4: Feel like you’ve met them before somehow? That’s a high sign that you could be experiencing love at first sight. You feel your connection to this person may have existed prior to ever meeting them, and that’s a powerful thing.
Sign #5: Attracted to the way they walk, talk, or smile? Finding another person’s every mannerism attractive is a tell-tale sign that you’re falling hard. It typically leads to feeling an instant bond.
“It’s very common for people, especially men, to admit they knew their partner was “The One” right after meeting them for the first time,” Rhonda told us. “Confidence and knowing who they are and who they want goes a long way when it comes to love at first sight.”
However, Rhonda warns against falling into first-sight love too quickly if you’re just coming off another relationship.
“It’s not uncommon for people to think they’re experiencing love at first sight when, in all actuality, they’re simply rebounding from a very recent relationship that they haven’t gotten over yet.”
As for making sure that you’re love at first sight is legitimate, Rhonda suggests keeping a level head about it all.
“It doesn’t mean a guaranteed storybook ending,” she told us. “Like any romance, challenges will arise. But as long as you work together to cultivate a connection based on communication, teamwork, and vulnerability, your love at first sight has a good chance of going the distance!”
Congratulations again to the new royal couple! We hope that, someday, everyone can experience the love at first sight you two did.