We all know the feeling of butterflies. Your face lights up at the mention of their name. But how do you know when you’re in love for sure?
The truth is it’s not always easy to tell. Falling in love can happen at any stage of getting to know someone, whether you’re on the first date or the fiftieth. So how do you know when you’re ready for the L-word? If you catch these signs, you just might be.
You think about them daily.
If you’re thinking about this person day and night, there’s a good chance you’re falling in love. It starts with a small thought at the grocery store, but now they’re in your every thought. Your partner’s happiness is your joy and their sadness is your sadness. You’re both whole, but you’re each other’s better halves. This shift is a sign you’ve fallen and fallen hard.
You accept their imperfections.
This doesn’t mean you overlook your partner’s imperfections—it means that you look past them. You accept your parters with flaws and all. Accepting your partner completely is an important first step to falling in love.
You’re always thinking long-term.
When you fall deeply in love, planning for the future comes naturally. Far-fetched ideas, like moving in together, become a real possibility. If you’re dreaming about introducing them to your family, chances are you’re in love. Don’t fret about these feelings of commitment—it’s natural—it just means you may have found your life-partner.
You feel like you need them
Since you met your partner, you feel like every part of your life has improved. You can’t picture being without them. They’re your partner in crime. You confide in them and you’ll fight for them at a moment’s notice. You care for them in ways you didn’t know you could. And you rely on them, too. You’re in it now. Your lives are intertwined on the emotional level and in the day-to-day.
Love can be scary. Admitting we need someone isn’t something we’re taught to do. If you think you might be fighting the feelings, these signs will help you figure it out.