Know the difference between love and infatuation

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Make sure that what you have is (the beginnings of) real love, not infatuation.

Marriage is true long-term deal, so it is vital that your decision is based on the factors that will greatly add to your chances of a long and happy union. Your guiding principles in how you make this decision matter greatly. That is why you need to make sure that what you have is (the beginnings of) real love, not infatuation. ​Does it make sense in your head? Then let your heart follow.

A relationship based on love is likely to stand the test of time; one based on infatuation won’t last. Love comes from shared values and a common vision, along with a meaningful knowledge of and connection with another. Infatuation is based on heady chemistry, excitement about all the attention, and physical attraction.

Love and infatuation can feel very similar. In both cases, you are drawn to and excited about being with another person. But they are vastly different. With love, you care deeply about the other person, while with infatuation it is all about how the other person makes you feel.

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