There Is A Mathematical Equation To Falling In Love

Easy as 1, 2, 3.

As with most things in life, there is apparently a mathematical equation to falling in love.  It’s called Optimal Stopping, and it's a theory invented by American mathematician Ted Hill.

Here’s how it works: It’s all centered on 37 percent.

So, the idea is you’re supposed to spend 37 percent of your dating life noncommittally exploring your options. Date, dump, and then start again.

Think of this this way -- if you start dating at the age of 18, and you want to be married by the time you’re about 40, then you should reject everybody before the age of 26. Think of it like dating in blocks.

Here’s the math behind it:

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But this is when things take a serious turn because once that 37 percent chunk has come and gone, you need to get ready to commit with a capital C.

The theory is that by this stage you will be ready to settle down because the next person you date will be better than anyone else you’ve already seen.

The only issue is … love doesn’t always play by the rules.

ABC Science explained that if your ideal partner comes along during that early 37 percent chunk, well, you’re pretty much stuffed because you’re never going to find anyone better. Then there’s that old chestnut of the person you fall in love with not falling back in love with you.

If you're not keen on running your love life by a math equation, that's OK, because Optimal Stopping can also be applied to a slew of other things such as renting a property or even tossing a coin

The choice is up to you ... well, kind of.

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