What Is Love At First Sight?

by Harini Natarajan

Imagine sitting on the subway train, walking down the street, or drinking coffee at the cafe. You look up for a moment and happen to lock eyes with a person and are instantly attracted to them. It could be purely physical, or they may even remind you of someone. You could also be attracted to how they are deeply involved in the activity without letting any distractions affect them – be it reading a book, journaling, or talking to the person with them.

You have no idea why, but your heart is telling you to go and strike up a conversation, or you would miss the opportunity. Even after they leave your sight or go in a separate direction, you can’t go by the whole day without thinking about them. It’s like something has come over you: an obsession? Just your wild imagination? Or is it love at first sight?

It might seem difficult at first, but if you muster up the courage, you never know… it might end up being something really special!

What Is Love At First Sight?

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Let us get to the bottom of this. The definition of “love at the first sight” is quite literal. It means to have fallen in love with a person right after seeing them for the very first time.

Regardless of what someone else’s version of beauty is, you can just look at someone for the first time and find something naturally appealing in them – be it a quirk, the way they laugh, or their cuteness. And you feel yourself wanting to express your feelings to them. While others may not feel the same, you may harbor those feelings.

Your subconscious mind has a huge role to play in you falling in love at first sight. For instance, if you were to notice someone walking down the street that resembled an old lover, a close friend, or an acquaintance you have had a soft corner for, the chances are that you would find them physically appealing.

This happens because your subconscious has established a connection between the appearance of this individual and one from your current or past life. It is usually someone who has left a mark in your heart. You might not be able to put the finger on it at first, but your subconscious would have identified it right away.

What Is Love At First Sight Like?

Every individual is different when it comes to their personality, tastes, and preferences. Movies have always told us that love at 1st sight could be as common as feeling weak in the knees to as complex as becoming speechless at the sight of the individual.

Everyone experiences different feelings when it comes to love at first sight. All the hopeless romantics in the world dream about experiencing it at least once in their lives. Hence,describing love at first sight can be difficult.

Most of the times, it is described as a powerful romantic feeling that one has never encountered before. However, there will never be one single definition because how can you explain such a burst of emotions for someone you don’t know at all?

Real-Life Examples Of Love At First Sight

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When it comes to explaining the feeling in the best possible manner, no one can do it better than real-life couples. Here, we have some personal anecdotes from actual couples who will let you know their own experiences of “love at first sight.”

1. It felt as if I’d known her forever!

There are many couples who agreed that when they saw their current significant other for the very first time, they felt they knew the person already. This helped initiate a conversation easily and let it take its natural flow.

“Despite what they tell you, love at first sight is possible. I feel as though I have known her all my life.” ~ Chad, 29

Anyone who heard our conversation would have guessed that we were already friends. It was so natural and unscripted, as if we had known each other for a long time.” ~ Chloe, 26

2. I just knew it!

When it comes to love, if there is one thing we all can agree on, it is that we can trust our gut. Many couples swear that, somehow, all they had was an initial instinct and gut feeling about the other person that made them sure that they had fallen in love. This can be both mutual or one-sided.

“Whenever we talk about this, he exclaims how he just knew it right after seeing me. It took me about a few weeks to fall for him though. Haha” ~ Greta, 23

“Regardless of what we’d like to say out loud, all of us have a certain image about how we want our lifelong partner to look like. This is exactly how I felt as soon as I saw him. I knew it in my heart that he was the man I keep dreaming about marrying, for as long as I can remember.” ~ Alice, 31

3. There was an instant connection.

It is not uncommon to feel a certain vibe, energy, and connection when you meet someone. Many people describe this as a unique feeling of closeness and attachment that was different from what they had with any other person in their life.

“Right since the day we met, we both had a feeling that we’d end up being together. You know that kind of chemistry…just electric” ~ Robert, 27

“We hit it off right from the get go and couldn’t get enough of each other. It was basically love at first sight.” ~ Harry, 32

There are about a zillion signs of knowing if you have fallen in love at first sight. But how would you get to know what it feels like? Here are the most common signs and symptoms of love at first sight.

 Signs Of Love At First Sight

1. You Feel A Bit Nauseous Upon Meeting Them

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In case you find yourself feeling a bit dizzy and sick in the stomach when you meet someone you are attracted to, it might very well be love at first sight. This is because the oxytocin hormones that are secreted when you fall in love greatly impact the digestive system.

There is a powerful gut-brain connection that can trigger many physical symptoms in the gut whenever you experience feelings of happiness, anxiety, anger, and so on. Those butterflies you feel in your stomach when you meet someone you are really into can be a result of the excitement and anxiety.

2. You Feel Like Wanting To Know All About Them

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you just met someone and can’t help but want to know everything about them? You will know it because it doesn’t happen all the time.

When you are not keen, you will probably keep it to small talk. Having that kind of curiosity to learn more about someone can be a good sign in case you wish to establish a relationship with them in the future.

3. Your Focus Is Only On Them

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When you fall in love with someone and are talking to them, you tend to block out the rest of the world and focus on them and them alone. If the feeling is mutual, your eyes would often lock on each other, clearly expressing that you are interested in each other.

4. Things Take A Natural Flow

When you actually experience love at first sight, it is not uncommon to feel as though you have known each other for ages. Things take a natural course, and conversations flow effortlessly. Nothing you both do together feels forced; it all just seems so comfortable, like it was meant to be.

5. You Find All Their Quirks Super Appealing

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It is one thing to find someone appealing just because of their looks, but you know it’s love at first sight when you are able to find all their quirks and peculiarities extremely appealing too. Be it the way they talk, laugh, walk, or eat, you find their quirks attractive. This makes you feel there is an instant connection between the two of you.

Love does need time to develop. But that doesn’t mean you should discount that initial connection you feel with someone. If you believe in love at first sight, don’t let anyone, let alone science, tell you it isn’t real. After all, Prince Harry said he knew Meghan Markle was the one the very first time they met. So it can happen, right?

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Harini Natarajan

Harini has over 12 years of experience in content writing and editing for online media. She specializes in the areas of business, health and wellness, and lifestyle and is proficient in Medical Sciences (Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Biochemistry). As the Chief Editor, Harini ensures that her team delivers interesting, engaging, and authentic content. Her background in Biomedical Engineering helps her decode and interpret the finer nuances of scientific research for her team. Harini is a certified bibliophile and a closet poet. She also loves dancing and traveling to offbeat destinations.
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