I have friends who have told me they're madly in love about twice a year — while others are far more reserved about throwing around the "L" word.
So, when it comes to how long it takes to fall in love, you need to give yourself some time to make sure that's really what you're feeling.
Because dating with someone for a long time can be a BFD — it can change who you are as a person.
Not only should you not get engaged or married to satisfy anybody else, but it's important that you don't do it before you're ready, too.
Unexpected pregnancies are usually stressful enough but then — if you’re already engaged or decide to get engaged ASAP — that getting married adds a whole new layer of complication.
Because even though it may seem like old-fashioned advice, the first year of marriage is still a challenge.
There are a lot of women out there who are in happy, loving, long-term relationships who just don’t feel the itch.
But proposing is a huge decision—one that can shape the rest of your life—so why would 95 percent of women who presumably want to get married just wait around for it to happen?
But what makes someone who’s never wanted to get married suddenly (or not so suddenly) have a change of heart?
The actual age might vary depending on where you live, but once it starts, it's basically a domino effect. One friend gets married after another after another.