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A healthy relationship is based on honesty, truth, and respect. But sometimes, it’s about seeing the lighthearted side of life and love, as represented by the images you’re about to see. 

These photos are from the “Relationship Memes” Facebook group. With over a million followers, it features funny, witty posts about being with a significant other. Many of them are very relatable, which is likely why this page has a huge following. 

Scroll through this list and see which ones resonate with you the most.

Psychology professor Máire Ford previously spoke with Bored Panda about how romantic relationships can enhance one’s life. She explained the importance of a deeper connection with a significant other compared to a friend or acquaintance. 

“For example, with a significant other we can expect a certain level of responsivity to our needs. If we need support because we are going through a hard time, we will typically find it easier to rely on those who are closest to us, such as our significant others, versus those with whom we have a more casual relationship.”

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Neuroscientists like Dr. Lucy Brown have been studying the human brain when a person is in love. According to her findings, the brain region activated by romantic love is the same part connected to addressing basic needs like food and water. 

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“It’s the area of the brain that controls things like swallowing and other basic reflexes,” Dr. Brown told the American Psychological Association. “While we often think about romantic love as this euphoric, amorphous thing and as a complex emotion, the activation we see in this very basic part of the brain is telling us that romantic love is actually a drive to fulfill a basic need.”

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pupper knows about the others. And the pupper can smell your lies, hooman.

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Romantic feelings are much more pronounced during the early parts of the relationship, otherwise known as the honeymoon stage. For many, those emotions fade as the years pass. 

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However, studies show that humans are biologically programmed to stick with their partners, regardless of how good or bad things can get. As Dr. Brown explains, this is all thanks to the brain’s basal ganglia region, which is responsible for motor control. 

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“This is an area of the brain heavily involved in promoting attachment, giving humans and other mammals the ability to stick it out even when things aren’t going quite so well.”

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3 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With us it's more often the other way around: "Why didn't you say xxx " "I did" "No, you actually said yyy, do you expect that I'm going to magically know that yyy actually means xxx"?

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me - casually wondering if my old man ears would look like that if the barber didn't trim them when I get my haircut.

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According to research, long-term love also activates more cognitive areas in the brain, the mirror neuron system. It is the region that helps a person anticipate the actions of their loved ones. 

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“People in love have this symbiotic, synergistic connection thanks to the mirror neuron system, and that’s why we often say some couples are better together than the sum of their parts,” said neuroscientist Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo. “Love makes us sharper and more creative thinkers.”

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Oxytocin, dopamine, and phenethylamine are three chemicals associated with falling in love. According to licensed psychologist and sex therapist Dr. Rachel Needle, these chemicals function similarly to amphetamine. 

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“Falling in love is associated with increased energy, narrowing of mental focus, sometimes sweaty palms, light-headedness, racing heart, and a lot of positive feelings,” Dr. Needle said in an article published by South University in Savannah, Georgia.

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There is a point when romantic love evolves into a longer-term commitment. Psychology professor Elizabeth Kane explained this process in another interview with South University. 

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“Romantic love evolves when one feels a sense of interdependence, attachment, and that their psychological needs are being met. Some researchers say oxytocin plays a part in the evolution of romantic love as it is released in the brain during orgasm, which contributes to the couple’s ability to bond with one another.”

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Many people believe that love and fate go hand in hand, thanks to images and concepts conjured by Hollywood. Some subscribe to the idea that a relationship is a failure once the “spark” fades. But according to Dr. Needle, it’s all a myth. 

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“Get rid of the myth that these things should just happen spontaneously and that there is something wrong with the relationship because you are not all over each other every minute, as when you began the relationship. The truth is that you have to put in time and energy and make a conscious effort to sustain the relationship and the passion.”

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My brother is a catch! Kind, intelligent, protective, silly with the kids, works hard and earns well.

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Keeping a relationship thriving requires time and effort. Professor Kane reminds everyone of this, particularly that staying in love is also a choice. 

“To be romantic is to make a choice to wake up each day and ask yourself what you can do today to let your lover know they are adored. Have fun in your romance and remember that the more effort you put into your romantic relationship, the more love you will receive in return. Be the partner that you seek and live a life filled with passion and romance.”

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However, there is a flip side to being in love that isn’t often discussed. The University of Indiana conducted an experiment revealing that the mental functions of people who reported feeling “intensely in love” showed the same brain activity associated with cocaine addiction. 

“Activation of areas involved in cocaine addiction may help explain the obsessive behaviors associated with rejection in love,” said researcher Helen Fisher, who led the experiment.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Our little boy loves it when my husband does this to him - pretending to eat his chin and cheeks! His uncontrolled chortles are the best sound ever!

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sounds like someone is trying to convince themselves about something

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bae... as a non native English speaker, it always make me think of a sheep.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No one: Absolutely no one: Not a single soul on earth: Not even their mom: Me, who has been single for her whole life: mhm yep

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My husband will be just in the basement and I STILL get mad he isn't responding.

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know the feeling. But then I laugh out loud at myself for being daft, then he wakes up says goodnight before going back to sleep. Is there a meaning in there somewhere

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I I'm going to go to work now. Yes I know it's a bank holiday but even so

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3 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some women want that... but only so much, only occasionally, and you had better be da mn certain before you go there.

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Note: this post originally had 55 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.

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