The Mathematics of Love
In terms of finding your soul mate, there’s an algorithm developed by mathematicians that can be used to help you do this. You don’t say! Yes, I do say.
How it works is basically you take the number people that you think you could go on dates with in your lifetime and so, let’s say 100. And mathematicians say take the square root that number, so that would be 10, and then you go on dates with those 10 people and afterward you tell them all, “No thanks.” But you remember out of those 10 which one was the best person that you met? Are you taking notes?
Then keep going on even more dates and the minute you find someone who is better than that best person out of the 10, that person is the closest thing mathematically to finding your soul mate. Really.
Most people don’t want to use something like this to romantically find their soulmate. But when we check the research from arranged marriages, we can learn a lesson there. Love marriages usually start off happier than arranged marriages, but after a few years, the arranged marriages happiness quotient exceeds the love marriages.
The one take away is that with arranged marriages people realize they need to make it work. They’re basically handcuffed to another person and they put the effort into it.
This is opposed to love marriages when people feel there’s some outside force that’s going to bring them happiness. This force of course, is what we identify as LOVE. Magical thinking?