Wondering how to tell if a guy loves you? It won’t be hard to know after you read this. These 22 signs indicate that he’s fallen in love!
Whether he actually said those three little words or not, feeling certain that someone truly loves you can be tricky. He might be one of those guys that keeps his cards super close to his chest, or perhaps he says it all the time, but you can’t be sure if he really means it. When it comes to knowing how to tell if a guy loves you, you need to understand the signals he’s sending.
Whatever your reasons for being unsure, you are not alone. Many women struggle to feel certain that a guy loves them. Perhaps they don’t want to be the first to exclaim their love especially if they aren’t sure the guy feels the same way.
How to tell if a guy loves you: The 22 signs you need
Of course, it’s important to remember we all feel a little insecure from time to time. While that’s okay, if you really doubt his feelings towards you, it might be a good idea to ask yourself why. If a guy loves you, you should feel safe and happy with him. If you are so full of doubt that you question his feelings towards you, consider what is causing it before it ruins your relationship.
Love is a challenging journey. While it’s fair to say that every guy is different, there are certain signs and behaviors that most guys exhibit when it comes to knowing how to tell if a guy loves you.
So, if you aren’t sure and want to feel more certain, keep your eyes and ears open and look out for the telltale signs of how to tell a guy loves you—or if it’s just lip service.
#1 He treats you with respect. Good relationships are built on mutual respect. If he loves you, you feel respected in the relationship. This is a good indicator of how he feels and how seriously he takes your relationship. [Read: 100 signs you’re a girl who’s spoiled lucky in love]
#2 He listens to you properly. When you fall in love with someone you want to know all about them. Does he ask you lots of questions and actually listen to your answers? Does he remember the things you’ve told him? If the answer is yes, it’s a good sign that he’s fallen for you. [Read: 25 signs he really loves you even if he doesn’t say it out loud]
#3 He understands you. Do you feel as though he just ‘gets’ you? If he’s fallen for you and you feel the same, you feel totally in tune with one another. What a wonderful feeling that is!
#4 He gets protective of you. Do you feel safe and protected when you are with him? Does he stick up for you and get protective in situations where he knows you might feel vulnerable? These are great signs of how strong his feelings are.
#5 He shares your vision of the future. If he’s fallen for you, he sees this as a long-term thing. If he shares your vision of the future and how things should be, and you get excited about plans that are way in the future, this is another great sign that he loves you.
#6 He talks about the big stuff. Do you have conversations about important things such as living together, marriage, or kids? If he is up for those kinds of serious conversations with you, it means he loves you and wants to be with you forever.
#7 He introduces you to his parents. Often a guy won’t feel comfortable introducing a girlfriend to the parents unless he feels he’s fallen for her. Have you met them yet? If so, this is a positive sign! [Read: The 20 signs a man is falling for you]
#8 He’s super affectionate. Is he always being affectionate with you? He obviously wants to be close to you all the time and can’t get enough of you. Definitely a sign of the first throes of love!
#9 He makes sacrifices for you. If you love someone, you compromise and sacrifice for that person. If he chooses you and prioritizes you even though it might not be something he really wants but does it anyway, this could be a sign he loves you.
#12 He’s happy for you both to do your own thing. While it might seem counterintuitive if your relationship progressed to the stage where you are both in love, you’ll be happy to let each other do their own thing. That doesn’t mean he won’t want to spend time with you, just that he’s secure and happy enough to know he doesn’t need to impress you all the time!
#13 He doesn’t blow you off. A clear sign when it comes to knowing how to tell if a guy loves you is to see if he gives you the respect you deserve. A guy who loves you won’t be messing around. He sticks to plans and won’t blow you off, because he wants to see you as much as possible. He views you as an important person in his life.
#14 He does small, sweet things. Sometimes it’s the little things that count. If he shows his affection by doing small, sweet things he’s obviously thinking about you and wanting to do nice things to show how much he cares.
#15 He’s not afraid of a little PDA. A guy who loves you won’t be embarrassed to show his affection for you in public. If he’s still super cute with you when you’re out in the open and in front of friends and family, he wants the world to know he’s your man.
#16 He communicates with you well. Good, healthy relationships are all about great communication. This doesn’t mean he needs to be the sort of person that gushes about his emotions every five minutes, but good communication shows he wants to open up, be vulnerable, and share things with you. [Read: 7 reasons women don’t understand men’s communication styles]
#17 He cares about you. If a guy loves you, he cares about you. It’s a simple as that. He should see you and your needs as a priority, and you should feel that’s what he is doing.
#18 He doesn’t give up—even when times get tough. Every couple goes through bad patches and argues—if your man loves you this won’t phase him. It’s okay to have falling outs from time to time, but you know deep down this doesn’t really affect the connection the two of you have.
#19 He gives you ‘the look.’ If you want to know how to tell if a guy loves you, remember that sometimes a lot can be said in just one look. When you look into his eyes, can you see it? That might be the only sign you need!
#20 He supports you. Being in love means supporting one another and helping one another achieve your goals. Do you feel he supports and encourages you to be the best you can be?
#22 He says ‘we’ instead of ‘I’. When he talks about plans or ideas for the future, does he use we or I? The distinction is small but important. If he says ‘we,’ his mindset is the two of you come as a unit, a pair, and that he’ll involve you in decisions about his future—why? Because he loves you of course!
Remember, there are many reasons why a guy might not feel ready to say I love you when he actually does feel it. Being scared of rejection, hurts in the past, or just not knowing how to verbalize his feelings means it takes him a bit longer or needs a bit of coaxing to get those words out!
Knowing how to tell if a guy loves you can be difficult at times. However, by following the tips and hints above you should have a clear idea. Remember, let him take his time. It’s good he treats it like a big deal. Don’t force him into it and let him say it when he’s ready!
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Bethany was born and raised in Scotland and now resides in Brighton where she lives with her partner and rather disobedient cocker spaniel pup. She works as a f...