It's a natural part of growing up to develop romantic feelings and sexual attractions to others.
These new feelings can be exciting — or even confusing at first.
We've loved (and been loved by) parents, brothers, sisters, friends, even pets. It's an intense, new feeling unlike any of these other ways of loving. When people feel close to others they are happier and even healthier.
Love helps us feel important, understood, and secure.
Lots of relationships grow out of an initial attraction (a crush or "love at first sight") and develop into closeness.
It's also possible for a friendship to move from closeness into attraction as two people realize their relationship is more than "just like" and they have become interested in one another in a romantic way.
Sometimes couples who fall in love in high school develop committed relationships that last. But it's not because teens aren't capable of deep loving.
People at this stage might daydream about a crush or a new BF or GF. It hasn't had time to grow into emotional closeness that's needed for love.
This is the time when people start thinking about finding someone they can commit to in the long run — a love that will last.
When people first experience falling in love, it often starts as attraction.
Love is such a powerful human emotion that experts are constantly studying it.
They've discovered that love has three main qualities: These three qualities of love can be combined in different ways to make different kinds of relationships.