True love is not something that happens immediately. I don't agree with the old adage that true love takes work, but I do believe that it requires construction. Your relationship starts out with a strong foundation of attraction, respect, and an emotional and intellectual spark. As you go along, you add walls, floors, windows, and paint. True love feels like a house that will contain both of you, a base where all of your material and physical needs can be met.
True love is often mistaken as that jolt in your stomach, that flutter in your gut that signals first attraction. While butterflies are definitely titillating and fun, that anxious feeling associated with a new crush or when you are first falling for someone isn't really true love. It's infatuation — which can lead to true love, if you are both are willing to build something together. If your relationship doesn't get past the point of infatuation, though, your feelings are real, but they might not be the same as true love.
Here's what true love actually feels like.