Love can be a wonderful thing. But did you know that it also has health benefits and can alter the way you think? Here are 6 surprising facts about love, you might not know about.

Has 5 different stages: Researchers have identified five stages of love, which could decide whether you would be able to cement the relationship or leave midway. The five stages are: butterflies, building, assimilation, honesty and stability.

The first stage increases libido and is also a time when people almost forget to eat. In stage two, the body releases neurochemicals, triggering rushes of intense pleasure resulting in feeling ‘happy anxiety’.

Stage three is when the question of whether the relationship is right or wrong comes into play and stage four is the first rise in stress levels. Once the couple has crossed the first four stages, the last and final stage brings increased levels of trust and intimacy – leading to a stable relationship.

Can make you dumb

People who are in love are less able to focus and to perform tasks that require attention, a new study has found. The study appeared in the journal Motivation and Emotion and found that the more intense a person felt love the less they were able to focus on common tasks, focus and cognate.

May lead to weight gain

A study conducted recently, found that a women’s frame of mind can have on her weight. Concluding that it is when they are in love that they tend to put on the most weight. The study found that the average woman will gain 7.2 pounds or 3.2 kilograms in the first year of a new relationship.

Background music can help you fall in love

A recent study has revealed that background music is an important aid to falling in love as soft music may alter people’s behaviour and make them more charming during conversation. Researchers from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan said that the effect can be stronger if people choose their own music. So if you are planning to propose, choose the right music.

You’ll know if he actually loves you by looking in his eyes

Researchers found that eye patterns change on a stranger’s face if the viewer sees that the person is a potential partner in romantic love, but the viewer gazes more at the other person’s body if he or she is feeling sexual desire. That automatic judgement can occur in as little as half a second, producing different gaze patterns. Simply focusing on where a man fixes his gaze can tell you if he is in it for love or lust.