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Love actually: Americans agree on what makes people 'feel the love'

Penn State College of Health and Human Development

It is possible for people to feel loved in simple, everyday scenarios. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top gestures.”

Postdoctoral research scholar Saeideh Heshmati, Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development.

Highlights

Small romantic gestures top the list, whereas controlling behaviors are at the bottom.
Participants were presented with 'Would most people feel loved in this situation?' questionnaire.
Behavioral action in general is regarded as more authentic than verbal remarks.
Controlling behavior is generally not regarded as loving, in other more communal socities however, it might convey a degree of affection.
Despite the consensus on what Americans feel about love, it's important to remember that each individual has their own conception about what it means to be loved.
The research was supported by the Templeton Foundation.