Illustration by Kristin Vogel Many of us think we know which traits we want our ideal partner to have.
For women, the color red enhances a man’s attractiveness.Or you can follow the roadmap to love that’s already in your DNA.After all, while love is not an exact science, you may have had the clues to finding it all along.Some signs of attraction and compatibility are obvious, but many may amaze you.Here are 6 surprising predictors that sparks will fly: 1. According to the biotechnology research company Instant Chemistry, up to 40% of physical attraction is determined by your genes. The shape and angle of a person’s face provides insight into reproductive health.In fact, a team of biologists from the Czech Republic recently found that subjects who ate garlic, which is chock-full of antioxidants, smelled more attractive—ironically! After looking at speed-dating results, researchers found a link between function-word similarity and the speed-daters’ odds of going on a second date, as well as couples’ odds of staying together three months after the experiment. There’s a reason why red is the color of love and passion.