Is there a specific word/phrase I can use for the feeling one would get when they look at someone they love ? For example:

Every morning when she entered the classroom, my heart would start beating faster. A feeling of ___ would rush through my veins.

I'm not sure if the word euphoria would be the best word here or not, hence I'm asking this question. I'm looking for a word that is in the context of the feeling of love towards someone, not just excitement in general.

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    A lot of poets and songwriters have been looking for this answer for a long time. If I were you, I would use figurative language to express the emotion, rather than a noun or an adjective. May 6, 2017 at 3:19
  • gratitude would be a nice thing to feel - grateful that you had them as part of your life. But really you could feel lots of different things. ... from awed, to charmed
    – Tom22
    May 6, 2017 at 3:19
  • Can you elaborate on the kind of love? A secret crush? An unrequited love? A deep, mutual devotion? The thrilling start of a new romance? May 6, 2017 at 3:35
  • @RaceYouAnytime A secret crush
    – devb
    May 6, 2017 at 3:45
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    Whenever I saw her face, oxytocin would literally rush in my brian... No? Not romantic-sounding? But it would be accurate :))
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 6, 2017 at 5:25

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Psychologists use:

Limerence /ˈlɪməɹəns/ Noun

state of mind caused by a romantic attraction; or

An involuntary romantic infatuation with another person, especially combined with an overwhelming, obsessive need to have one's feelings reciprocated.


I would suggest:

gratitude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun

the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

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