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There are many things we’d like to forget about our teenage years; the emo phase, the streaky tan, the concealer covered lips, the cringey duck face poses and most of all- your first crush.

Whether it was the boy who lived down the street or Disney’s ‘It Boy’ of the time Zac Efron, we all had our fair share of playground and popstar crushes.

There are many we’d like to forget, especially ones whose names will forever be scribbled in the back of our geography copies.

We develop crushes from quite a young age, the average being aged 12, but we can’t help but wonder why we feel this way.

What causes the butterflies in our stomachs, the glint in our eye when we spot them in town, the feeling of frustration when we don’t hear from them and that elation when we do?

We spoke to psychologist Rachel Tomlinson about catching feels, feeling smitten and the impact it all has on our mind.

First things first, why on earth do we fall for people? We all understand just how complicated and stressful dating and relationships can be, so why does our mind crave affection like there’s no tomorrow?

“We have these feelings because humans are social creatures and we are driven to try and form relationships with other people.

“We want relationships and crave them. These relationships keep us safe, both mentally and physically and having reciprocal and positive relationships is good for our health and stress levels,” Rachel explained.

We all want to find the Harry to our Meghan, the Miley to our Liam and the Beyoncé to our Jay-Z, but it isn’t as straightforward as we wish it was.

We fret about what to wear for that first date, we panic about coming across as too eager or whether we are making a good impression.

We beat ourselves up when they don’t respond to us, we worry about winning them over or if they’re ‘the one’.

The impact it has on our mind is pretty intense at times. 

“Having strong, mutually beneficial relationships (including romantic ones) make us feel good and give us a sense of social connection which is healthy. However, issues can arise when relationships end or crushes aren’t reciprocated.

“If people have recently become single or are experiencing overwhelming feelings of love and lust that aren’t returned it can result in stress, lowered immunity, poor physical and potentially exacerbate mental health issues,” she stressed.

We all want a significant other, crush or lover to feel the same as we do. We crave that attention, love and desire like a cup of coffee at 6 am on a Monday morning.

“Your brain responds to this attraction by signalling the release of chemicals: dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These are feel-good chemicals and people can experience excitement, excess physical energy (including heart racing, sweaty palms etc) and giddy/joyful feelings,” Rachel continued.

Testosterone and oestrogen are also released and we feel lust.

This combination of chemicals gives us a rush like no other, but they can become addictive. “People often find that they crave the presence of their crush to get more of those feelings, resulting in (sometimes) quite obsessive thought patterns. Having a crush can feel as though your brain and body have been hijacked by this new love (or lust).”

It’s a natural feeling that has been built into our minds for generations and generations. Your 85-year-old granny once got butterflies at a dance in the 1950s. Your mam definitely swooned over Rob Lowe during the 1980s. Your big brother definitely shed secret tears when his childhood crush went to the debs with his best friend. Your co-worker certainly worries about what to wear on that all too important first date. The guy sitting next to you on the bus no doubt gets butterflies when bumping into his college love after years apart.

It’s a feeling we’re all going to have to get used to because as Emily Dickinson once said ‘the heart want what it wants or else it does not care.'

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We can all admit we’ve daydreamed about our dream proposal at some point in our lives. Everyone has their own idea of their perfect proposal whether it’s a simple, subtle proposal whilst strolling along the beach, or an elaborate affair on top of the Eiffel tower in Paris.

One Gilmore Girls fan’s wish came true when her boyfriend popped the question in none other than Stars Hollow.

The quaint fictional town is the sweetest location for a proposal. The small-town charm alone would leave your heart feeling so warm and mushy.

The newly engaged Molly Larimer gushed about the moment her partner Sebastian popped the question.

She posted a video of the special moment on Twitter and her beau picked the greatest spot in all of Stars Hollow to ask Molly to be his wife- the famous gazebo.

Molly opened up about the proposal on Twitter: “So I didn’t even mention it but Gilmore Girls has always been one of my favorite shows and Sebastian planned the perfect proposal and actually proposed in the actual Stars Hollow gazebo!”

She added: “I’m so lucky and so happy to spend forever with him #wbtourhollywood #GilmoreGirls”

There are so many iconic spots in Stars Hollow, like Luke’s Diner, the Dragonfly Inn, Taylor’s Olde Fashion Soda Shoppe and Kim’s Antiques, but there is no better place to ask the love of your life than that famous gazebo.

The gazebo was the place where some of the most heartfelt conversations took place in the show. And let’s not forget Lorelai and Luke’s famous picnic date from season two.

Huge congratulations to Molly and Sebastian. We hope your relationship lasts just as long as Richard and Emily's.

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What is true love? 

When we're growing up it's all princesses and fairytales and happily ever afters. But as we get older we gradually start to realises that life isn't  exactly a Disney movie- as much as we'd like it to be. 

It's hard work, it's compromise, it's massive fights spurred by the fact that they forgot to take the bins out- again. 

But mostly, it's the little moments. With massive bouquets and surprise holidays splashed all over Instagram, it can be easy to forget that love is in the little things. 

This video is a testaments to that. 19-year-old Raigan Kelley was working as an apprentice hairdresser in Texas when an elderly couple, Andrew and Theresa,  came into the salon. 

Theresa had suffered a stroke 18 years ago, and was no longer able to style her hair herself. So her husband had come into the salon to learn how to do it for her. 

“Proof that true love really exists,” Raigen captioned the sweet clip. “She can no longer style her hair herself and her husband insisted on learning how to do it for her step by step.”

We're gonna need some tissues.

Speaking to Babble, their son Steve said that his parents relationship had always been a special one. 

“My dad has always worked his tail off,” he said. “He’s never expected or asked for anything. He travelled all the time as a salesman for an electrical company and gave everything he had to his family.

“Ever since my mom’s stroke, she’s always wanted him by her side.” 

 So for mother's day, the three children chipped in to get Theresa a voucher for The Foundry Hair Salon, her favourite. As delighted as she was with her new do, everyone knows that it only takes one wash for that fresh salon bounce to fade. 

Sensing that his made Theresa upset, Andrew returned to the salon to enquire about the products they used. But realising what it was for, the hairdressers offered to give him a styling lesson instead. 

 “From products, to the way you hold the brush and dryer … truly one of the best things I have been able to witness in my life,” wrote Reigan. “Brought tears to my eyes … What an amazing man and what a lucky woman.”

The video has since gone viral, touching hearts everywhere with over two million views. 

When Steve told his father about the videos success, he refused to take any credit. 

“My dad said, ‘Don’t make this about us. It’s not about us — it’s about the Foundry folks helping us out,'” he explained. 

Now THAT is true love.

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This is Clemma and Sterling Elmore, and they have been happily married for an amazing 57 years.

Earlier this month, this gorgeous couple did a photo-shoot inspired by The Notebook, and it is literally too cute for words. 

The lovebirds did the photo-shoot for no specific reason, it was just something they wanted to do! 

According to the photographer, the Elmores were “a little nervous” at the beginning of their shoot, but they just fell right into love.”

ALL.THE.FEELS.

"It was the most natural love I have ever photographed" the photographer went on to say. 

The beautiful couple spoke to ABC News about the key to a lasting marriage.

“We never fail to tell each other, probably 10 times a day, ‘I love you.’” 

I'm not crying, YOU ARE! 

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Love is a truly amazing thing, even in the animal kingdom! 

Sheila, a gorgeous lioness, was rescued from a terrible situation and was close to death. 

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The female lion had been used as a prop for birthday parties and events, and was extremely malnourished and miss-treated. 

When she was rescued by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue, Sheila was unable to eat, and spent most of her day either vomiting or trying to sleep. 

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Once she was back on her paws, the young lioness was introduced to Khan, who was rescued from a very similar situation months previous.

Needless to say, it was love at first sight! 

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The loved-up lions have lived together in the same enclosure ever since, and are clearly the best of friends. 

Sheila has made a full recovery, and now lives a happy and healthy life with her "husband" Khan. 

Everybody say 'awwwww'! 

The man who abused Sheila has had his licence revoked, and is no longer allowed to own wild animals. 

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Let's face it, there's a few of us in this world that love nothing more than a good cup of coffee.

Whether at home, in work or at lunch, coffee is something that will always be by your side; so it's fair to say it's your true love (until Prince Charming comes along, that is).

So, here are the the 12 signs that coffee is your boyfriend:

1. You smell coffee the minute you wake up in the morning.

2. You need coffee to wake up, BUT you need to wake up to get coffee. #TheStruggleIsReal

3. Pro-caffeinating – yep, it's a thing.

4. You think people that drink tea are wimps.

5. You impose silence in your house until you've had your first cup of the day.

6. You know all the hip cafés in town and in your local area.

7. Your daily excuse for running late: "Sorry, the line in Starbucks was so long!"

8. You proudly share any news story claiming coffee is good for you; and ignore any that say otherwise.

9. Heart palpitations and shaking hands are just part of your life now.

10. You think drinking decaf is like wine without alcohol.

11. Your purse is over-flowing with coffee shop loyalty cards.

12. And when you get a free coffee from said loyalty cards, you order the biggest and most extravagant coffee of them all. And it makes you so happy. 

 

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This beautiful tale of true love, told by 100-year-old Shirley about her deceased husband Moe, will melt your heart.

You’ve been warned!

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