A woman who's a hopeless romantic laughing with her boyfriend and teasing him.

Thanks to romantic comedies, when you think of a hopeless romantic, you might picture a recently dumped lovesick person with unrealistic expectations about relationships. But in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Hopeless romantics are a pure, rare breed. If you’ve ever dated one, you know how caring and committed they are to making love work.

Especially in this day and age, hopeless romantics are woefully misunderstood. So, in order to better understand what makes them great, here’s what it means to be a hopeless romantic in 2019.

Hopeless romantics have huge hearts.
Something all hopeless romantics have in common is that they’re incredibly generous with their hearts. They’re very giving of their time and emotions, and it often feels like they have an endless supply of love. Most importantly, they do so gladly; they’re definitely not scared of commitment.

They’re very passionate.
Both in public and in private, hopeless romantics don’t shy away from passion. They’re in love with love and they don’t care who knows it. They also don’t care who sees it, so if you’re dating a hopeless romantic, you can expect a healthy dose of PDA coming your way.

They believe in chivalry.
Hopeless romantics can be very old-fashioned. Name a classic chivalrous gesture—holding the door, sending flowers, offering you their jacket—and you can bet the thought of it makes their hearts sing.

Hopeless romantics give relationships their all.
In a world where it’s a little too easy to swipe to the next person, hopeless romantics are 100% in. They give all of themselves to relationships and will do anything to make their partner feel loved, appreciated, and special.

They also have high expectations.
Hopeless romantics have a very clear picture of what romance means to them. They expect their partner to be passionate, sincere, and chivalrous—and they refuse to compromise. If you’re dating a hopeless romantic, be prepared to celebrate every anniversary, commemorate every milestone, and rehash every significant moment. The best part? You’ll get all of that love back tenfold.

They might be a little bit misunderstood.
Sometimes, hopeless romantics are labeled as a bit over-the-top, overly emotional, or too attached. But that stereotype is just a result of the fact that there are fewer hopeless romantics than there used to be. Hopeless romantics see the best in love, and if you ask us, that’s a beautiful thing.

Hopeless romantics have hope.
Despite the term, hopeless romantics are anything but hopeless. If they’re single, they have a lot of hope that they’ll find love. And if they’re committed, they have a lot of hope that the power of love will keep them together. If you ask us, hopeless romantics should actually be called hopeful romantics!

They’re in love with love.
Hopeless romantics will root for love, every single time. They love everything about love and would do anything for it.

If you’re a hopeless romantic in 2019, don’t be shy about it! If you’re still looking for a soulmate, there’s someone out there who will appreciate your love of love. And if you’re in a relationship, your partner surely appreciates that you give them your all.

Elizabeth Entenman

Freelance Writer

Elizabeth is a freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter in Brooklyn. Right now, she’s probably somewhere Instagramming her dogs.