Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy have just announced their engagement via Wozniacki' twitter account (New Year's Eve 2013).
Wozniacki and McIlroy are both former World No. 1 ranked athletes in tennis and golf respectively.
Why it's possible to have love without (or with minimal) affection, when affection is felt and displayed - love is also present (though of course it's not always romantic love).
... And within the context of romantic relationships - when affection is waning, it's a warning signal that love many be very well also be diminishing.
In all three of these images both Wozniacki's and McIlroy's head & neck are leaning towards each other - displaying certain affection.
Body Language signals of affection are often poorly understood and unfortunately often confused with and "lumped-in" with sexuality and sexual displays. This is particularly true when it comes to dating, romantic and/or marital scenarios. And while affection can and should exist during sex - affection (and therefore affectionate displays) can and should "stand on their own" for romantic love to be healthy and project longevity.
Quick - how many affectionate nonverbal signals can you think of? How many do you display on a regular basis?
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