Love is in the air this month as we are caught up in the romance of Valentine’s Day. There is nothing more satisfying for the romantics among us than immersing ourselves in a cinematic love story, from singletons to those that have found their soul mate, classic romance movies still take our breath away with the “when two people fall in love with each other instantly” scene.
The love scenes in movies that grab your heart, pull it out of your chest, and leave you gasping for breath. The scenes that stop your heart mid beat and draw you directly into the imaginary roles that are playing out. When boy meets girl, eyes locking over a crowded room, the first look that draws you into their innermost thoughts and feelings and the heart skips a beat. Sigh…
It is said that our eyes are the “windows to our soul” outwardly conveying our feelings without words or movement. Love at first sight is the instantaneous attraction that is felt during the first visual contact with a person…or 8.2 seconds of eye contact. Studies have shown that love at first sight is possible, taking just milliseconds for the brain to react after locking eyes on the one.
Jon Maner of Florida State University headed up a study to find out how people react to complete strangers and found: “It shows how quickly, strongly and automatically people are attuned to physical attractiveness whether looking for mates or guarding their mates from potential rivals.”
The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published the findings of Maner and his team which revealed that people tend to fixate on attractive faces within the first half-second of meeting them before sizing them up as a possible mate or rival.
Statistically speaking 67% of people believe in love at first sight and 20% have fallen in love at first sight and then went on to marry that person.
Interestingly, psychologists claim that men fall in love first.
Falling in love at first sight is probably the most romantic thing that can happen to you, so it would make sense to take good care of your eyes. First and foremost ensure you have regular eye tests to maintain healthy eyes and vision, but there are also some general tips to promote brighter eyes to help them sparkle for your special someone.