We've all seen those movies where a woman sits idly on the grass and plucks the petals from a flower, as she repeats "he loves me, he loves me not." We're not quite sure why this was the most popular method for figuring it out, but it is obviously a little ridiculous.
In most cases, but not all, the woman is more upfront about her feelings, whatever they may be. As for men, well, the picture is often a bit more opaque. Some guys are comfortable expressing affection, but most men have a hard time expressing romantic feelings - at least verbally (e.g. "I love you," "You're beautiful"). It's much easier to decipher the man's behavior. We call these "love signs," or "secret signs."
There are plenty of signs that reveal whether your man is in love with you. So many, in fact, that we've written down 50 of them here for you! We're pretty sure most women will be quite excited about number 17, even if their man doesn't do this for them yet.
Whether it's a massive party, an intimate gathering, dinner with friends, or a family reunion, your man has the uncanny ability to make you feel like you're the only one in the room. To be clear, this doesn't mean he's being rude to anyone else or ignoring them - it's just that he's so in tune with your needs and he loves being an attentive partner to you.
He's always making sure your glass is full, your needs are met, and you're having a good time. And he doesn't forget to send flirtatious glances across the table either. Somehow, he makes you feel like you're in your own romantic little world, even if there are thousands of other people around. This is no small effort, so he's obviously in love with you if he treats you this way.
If there's one thing you know after dating your man for some time, it's how to press his buttons. And we're not talking about the good type of buttons! You know what bothers him, even those tiny things that nobody else would even notice. In general, most couples avoid getting on each other's nerves if they can. But when you're in a mad mood, it's sometimes hard to control.
But, if your man is truly in love, he won't even get annoyed when you attempt to rile him up. And if he does get annoyed, he goes out of his way to make sure he doesn't show it. Because he's so in tune with you, he understands that you're probably just having a bad day. He won't let it get to him unless you start repeatedly annoying him for no reason.
It seems to go on all the time: men just happen to forget important dates, such as birthdays and anniversaries. It doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't love you if he forgets these things, but you know that if he remembers it means he's definitely head over heels in love. Your man is never without flowers in hand and a killer date night plan when it's a special occasion.
The fact of the matter is that it's not terribly difficult to ensure you remember an important date, however, you may need to set up some external reminders. The fact that your guy has gone to the effort to set alarms or add these occasions to his calendar shows that he really doesn't want to miss them. We think you'll definitely agree that this is a sure sign of a man in love.
If your man pushes back every other responsibility in order to cater to you, then you know you're his top priority. We're not saying he's under your control or anything - it's just very clear that he recognizes what the important things in life are. He can run errands any old time, but he might only get one shot to meet you for a coffee that day.
You know he's in love when he prioritizes your time together and prioritizes your needs, even if it inconveniences him. We're sure if you're in love you do the exact same thing for him in return. This is what strong relationships are built on: realizing that your partner is the most important person in your life. If this describes your guy, hold on to him tight, he's a keeper!
Following on from our previous point about priorities, we thought we'd add another point in the same vain. Do you ever call your man and ask him to do you a favor when you just know it's so far out of his way or super inconvenient? You know he's in love if he immediately agrees and doesn't even mention the long list of other things he has to do that day.
Bear in mind that if he does go out of his way for you it should be without complaint. If he does it, but doesn't stop whining about it, it kind of defeats the point of doing something nice for you. If he accepts it and doesn't even have a hint of frustration in his tone of voice, you know he's 100 percent in love.
There's nothing worse than being with a group of friends or family and it turns into a big argument with you at the center. If your man truly loves you, he'll defend you in these situations, even if you're totally in the wrong. The same goes for more serious arguments - if his feelings are genuine he'll stick up for you no matter what. If he does have a problem with something you've done, he'll discuss it with you privately and not in front of a group.
Knowing that there's always someone there who has got your back is one of the best things about being in a relationship. You can stride confidently into any discussion knowing that you have your partner right by your side. If that isn't one of the best things about love, we don't know what is!
This one seems a little obvious at first - all couples spend time together! However, it's whether he genuinely wants to or if he just does it out of obligation that is the key here. Unfortunately, there really isn't one easy way to tell. If he initiates plans, that's one sign that he wants to spend time with you. If he seems authentic while you're out together and you feel he really is having fun, that's another sign. He should also be texting you to say that he can't wait to see you again.
If he makes excuses not to meet up with you or seems unenthusiastic when he agrees to plans, your relationship might be in a bit of trouble. If it's exactly the opposite and you know he can't get enough of you, then well done, we're pretty sure your man is in love!
You know how dudes can get. Most of the time they want to put on a show of being a 'man' and as a result, they never end up really opening up about their feelings. It's not seen as a traditionally male quality to get emotional or say what's truly on their minds, so many men tend to bottle things up and tough things out in order to avoid looking 'girly' (heaven forbid!).
However, if your man really loves you, he will feel comfortable opening up and sharing all of his thoughts and feelings with you. And trust us, these confessionals will make him feel closer to you than ever - almost like every deep conversation is further investment into the relationship and the bond that you share. Actually, once you get him talking, he's probably unlikely to ever shut up again!
There's no avoiding it: every couple gets in fights from time to time. Some fight every day, while others fight maybe once every few months. There's no magic number, but whatever the case, it's normal to butt heads with the one person you spend the most time with. We're sure most of you can probably remember clashing with your siblings when you lived with them growing up.
The way to tell if he loves you is if it's impossible for him to stay mad for long. Once the initial heat of the argument has simmered down and he has a moment to reflect, he usually realizes that it's pointless to hold a grudge - he'd rather spend the time being happy with you. The cutest thing about it is that he won't even stay mad if you're the one in the wrong.
If he really loves you, he'll probably be able to recall the nerve-racking first time he met your family in great detail. Why? Because he cared about making a good impression and probably thought about it constantly in the weeks leading up to the event. If he really, really loves you, it's possible he even prepared a mental list of conversation topics and paid extra special attention to anything you revealed about them.
Once the first parental meeting is over and done with, he doesn't simply move on with his life as normal. Your family are now part of his life and he genuinely cares about them because you care about them. Even if you have a pretty 'difficult' family, he's going to make the effort because it's important to you and he loves you.
Let's be real here - the likelihood of your friends being the type of people your partner would hang out with is pretty low. That's not to say they're not great people, but the chances of them becoming besties is pretty slim. However, despite all of this, if your man loves you, he'll go to great lengths to fit in with your friends.
He will take note of the group dynamics, figure out how to make all of them laugh, and pay attention to the things they say. He will hang out all day with them at a group event without complaint, because he knows these are your people. He'll even put aside his differences to keep the peace with some of your more challenging friends. You know that when he's doing things like that, he really is in love with you.
Whether it's something as small as the last piece of chocolate or the window seat on a flight, or something bigger, such as a spare concert ticket for a band you love, your man will always be ready to go without in order to make you happy. It's one of the best ways to tell if he is in love with you or not. Of course, you shouldn't always be taking him up on the offer, but it's nice to know he's willing to sacrifice his own enjoyment for the sake of yours.
When it's freezing outside and he gives up his jacket, take note of how much he's willing to give up for your basic comfort and take a moment to appreciate it. You've landed yourself a keeper if you've met someone who will be happy to go without every time.
We know that plenty of guys aren't exactly what we would call 'talkers'. Quite often, men struggle to say more than the bare minimum. However, if he loves you, he'll know that communication is important to you and he'll put aside his differences in order to make you feel good. Even if he has just gotten home from a date with you, he'll send you a cute goodnight text that will make you fall asleep with a smile on your face.
He also won't hesitate to call just to see what's up or to listen to your latest life problems. If he truly loves you, he'll actually enjoy keeping the lines of communication open. The other reason this is so great is that you don't have to worry about sending 'too many' texts or bothering him. He'll love staying in touch with you!
Ever get a quarter of the way through explaining something only to have a man interrupt you to give his point of view on the matter? It's an experience many women share and we all know how annoying it can get! Even if they had the best of intentions or thought they were doing you a favor, being cut off before you've made your point can be infuriating.
If your man is a solid catch, he'd never dream of jumping into the conversation before you had said your piece. Even if he thinks you're wrong, he'll let you say what you need to say. He doesn't think his opinion is more valid or important than yours and respects the fact that it's your time to talk. He'll even make sure nobody else attempts to cut you off either!
We're all human, and that means our partner isn't going to be the only person we find attractive. Come on, ladies, as if you haven't had a quick peak at hot surfers down at the beach or a sexy businessman in a suit. The point we're trying to make here is that it's normal to find other people good looking.
However, if your man is serious about you, he won't stare at other women while you're around (or at all - staring is so creepy!). We're sure he appreciates the female form and probably notices particularly beautiful women. But if he loves you, he'll be spending most of his time checking you out instead. If he is the type of guy who obviously ogles women in public, it's time to have a serious talk with him!
One of the most annoying things about male partners is their apparent inability to keep anyone informed of their whereabouts. That doesn't mean he doesn't love you, but if he does manage to keep you in the loop, he is 100 percent in love. The key here is not having to ask. Women get hassled a lot for perceived 'nagging' but if men just kept us up to date with their movements we'd never have to do it!
Let us be clear, we don't mean he should agree to having a tracking device placed on him. A simple heads up about what his plans are tonight is all most women are looking for. We don't want to be arranging our plans thinking he's involved if he's really out with the boys. A quick text shows that he considers and cares about you.
Every couple has misunderstandings and arguments, but it's being able to overcome those arguments that really makes a strong partnership. And just as we learned as children, recognizing when you're wrong and apologizing for the hurt you caused is the best way to move on from these differences. Unfortunately, that isn't always the way things pan out when the discussion is heated and emotions are running high.
Does your man admit when he has made a mistake? Given all of the things that we know about men, one of the things most of them have in common is a stubbornness when it comes to acknowledging that they were wrong. So, if your partner actually comes around and recognizes when you were right, it's a sign that he well and truly loves you. Hold onto him tight!
Nothing is better than knowing help is just one phone call away. You know your man is really in love when he'll drop pretty much everything to help you. Whether he's at the gym, the beach, work, or even out with all the boys, he'll make sure he answers your calls and he'll definitely come to the rescue if it's required of him.
You're his number one priority, so he's always ready to fix whatever problems you're having at the drop of a hat. If you're in love with him, you'll save these calls for when you're most in need and desperately need the assistance. You're not the type to treat your man like a servant, which is exactly why he's so willing to put everything aside and save you from whatever is troubling you.
It doesn't matter if it's your first date or your ten-year anniversary - if your man is in love with you, he'll never stop wanting to learn everything about you. He loves the way your mind works, he cares about your opinion, and he enjoys it when you open up about your history. Basically, as long as the topic is you or even something remotely linked to you, he'll be super interested to hear all about it.
He's not just pretending, either. You continue to amaze him as each day goes by and he'll stop whatever he's doing just to hear you talk about one of your favorite things. Luckily, this works both ways and you can't get enough of what he has to say about himself. This is one of the things that makes love so beautiful.
Look, we all know you're more than capable of standing on your own two feet, but it's also nice to know that you have someone ready to protect you if you ever need it. Your man will happily let you handle yourself at a bar, but the moment that a creepy stranger starts crossing the line, he'll be there to teach them a thing or two about respecting your boundaries.
Your guy is also protective when he's not physically close to you. If he knows you've been out for a night with the girls, he'll always text or call to make sure you got home okay. You know that if anything happened he'd be the first person to start a search party, and that can be a very comforting thought in such a dangerous world.
The moment your partner fell in love, he stopped thinking about himself as a singular unit and started think of the two of you as a team. You can tell when he has reached this level, as he'll always tell stories with the collective 'we' instead of the individual 'I'. You're so interwoven in his life and in his heart that he barely ever refers to just himself.
We know, we know - couples who do the 'we' thing can be kind of annoying at times! But let's face it, when you're a member of a couple who does it, it tends to give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Knowing that you're one half of a strong partnership makes it a little easier to face the world. When you're in love it feels like you can do anything!
Have you ever dated someone who said all the right things and gave you a whole lot of affection, but it only ever seemed to happen in private? Did they become physically and emotionally distant in public? This was probably not a person who was in love with you. The right man will love making it clear that you're his woman and will never hesitate to put an arm around you or give you a massive bear hug in public.
Not that this is everyone's thing, but he would probably even love making out with you in public. If he's in love you'll notice that he couldn't be prouder to show you off to everyone, whether it's friends and family or random strangers. Public displays of affection aren't for everyone, but it's nice to show the world you love your partner.
There's no such thing as two people who agree on every single topic. Even if you and your man hold a lot of the same views, you're bound to clash in some areas. One thing that reveals how much he really loves you is whether he respects your opinion either way. He may have a differing point of view, but if he loves you, he'll still respect and want to hear all about your thoughts on the matter.
Though men can often struggle to admit that an opinion other than their own holds any validity, this won't be a problem for your wonderful partner. He loves knowing what makes you tick and he takes everything you say on board. Even if he strongly disagrees, he'll still respect your opinion. Who knows, you may even change his mind one day!
Holding hands is one of the least controversial ways to show affection in public, however, it can also be one of the most intimate things you can do as a couple. Whether you're walking down the street, lying in bed together, or sitting next to each other at family dinner, your man will take pretty much any opportunity to hold your hand.
It's his little way of being close to you when it may not be appropriate to get any physically closer. Even if you've been together for years, this simple gesture can make both of you feel like teenagers again. Of course, it's no fun if he wants to hold hands all day, every day, but when it does happen, he loves every minute of it. Did we mention this also makes your friends green with envy?
If there's one thing we really believe about successful partnerships, it's that each one of you should continuously work on remaining individuals with your separate hopes and dreams. However, your shared future and goals should also be what propels your forward together. In other words, he may have aspirations to be a famous author, but he will always imagine following that dream with you right by his side.
This can often involve some heavy compromise. If your dream is to open a restaurant, you'll have to find a location and a routine that works for both of these individual dreams. Once you figure that out, you'll be unstoppable as a couple. If he's not willing to compromise and include you in his vision of the future, he's probably not in love. Time to move on if this is the case!
Following on from the point we just made, any man who is in love will be willing to accommodate you in any way possible. A life without you is a deal breaker, so you'll find that whether it's career, location, family, or health related, he'll find a way to share his life with you. A man who is in love won't care if you have children from another relationship, he'll happily accommodate them and even love them too.
He won't mind if you have severe food allergies and will often go beyond accommodating you. He'll turn into your number one champion at restaurants and be the one who really makes sure the waiter knows that you absolutely cannot eat peanuts. Whatever the perceived barrier, your guy will be willing to overcome all of them to be with you.
Who doesn't love some old-fashioned romance and gentlemanliness from time to time? A definite sign that your man is totally in love with you is if he treats you like a proper lady. You'll know you've got a real gentleman on your hands if you never have to worry about carrying heavy things, opening doors, or handling any kind of physical task.
Of course, as a real gentleman, he'll gladly let you take care of your own bags if that's what you're after. He may also do cute, old school things like ask you to dance at a hole in the wall jazz bar or order a gorgeous meal at a restaurant where he knows all of the best food options. When you're dating a man like this, don't be surprised if a dozen roses miraculously appear at your door one day.
Picture this: you're six months into your exciting new relationship and your man takes you out on a beautiful date to celebrate. He hands you a gift and you unwrap it to reveal a jar of pickles. Your first thought is 'what the hell is this?' and then you realize that on your very first date you told him you love this particular pickle brand but can never find it anywhere nearby.
He stored that tiny piece of information and searched high and low to find those pickles for you. But this isn't limited to food preferences. If your man is really in love with you he'll remember all of the little things (and big things) you tell him about yourself. It always feels nice to know that somebody is not only paying attention but is genuinely interested in you.
Sometimes he doesn't even have to really do anything to reveal that he's deeply in love with you. Sometimes you can just tell with the tiniest actions. Cher once sang that "if you want to know if he loves you so, it's in his kiss." And while we tend to agree that kissing is a big indicator, we think the way he looks at you can say so much more.
If you ever look across the room and see your man looking at you as though he has just won the lottery, it's likely he's well and truly head over heels in love. He knows how valuable you are and feels extremely lucky to have found you. So lucky, in fact, that he can't even believe it. This is the kind of man you definitely want to keep around.
A man who is really in love will want to provide for you and give you everything. He will give you anything you want, as long as it's in the realm of possibility, and he'll give it to you with all of his heart. If you want a nice big house and a family, he'll be right there with you working to make it happen. If you want to eat fish tacos for dinner, he'll be more than happy to give you those, too.
It's not only physical items that come into play here. If your man really loves you he'll want to give you his body and soul. He'll be happy to give all of his love to you and more, and that's the real value in a partner. Hold on tight to this keeper.
If you've ever seen anybody's eyes glaze over when you start talking about your volleyball team or your knitting group or your book club, you'll definitely appreciate a man who takes a genuine interest in the things you love. Whether you're artistic, scientific, or sporty, your man will make an effort to learn more about your hobbies if he really loves you.
He may not have any desire to learn how to crochet or play softball or go surfing, but he'll make sure that he at least listens attentively and gives them a try. Part of the reason he does this is because you love him too and you always pay attention when he talks about all of his favorite activities. Who knows, maybe you'll even end up discovering a shared love for one particular hobby.
If it feels like nobody knows you as intimately as your partner does, it's because it's probably true. When you're in love you tend to soak up every little detail about the person who has you under their spell. He thinks the way you sniffle when you're tired is adorable, he loves that you get emotional during dog movies, and he thinks it's funny that you can never seem to crack an egg properly.
He might not necessarily love the way you slurp your soup, but he definitely notices it! This is a great way to tell if your man is in love with you, as someone who isn't in love wouldn't even care enough to notice. He's crazy in love if he uses these little details to further please you. For example, if he knows you love eating cinnamon donuts, he'll often surprise you with one.
Like we've said a few times before, every couple has misunderstandings and arguments. This can be minimized, though, if a couple truly understands one another. A man in love will notice that you're often stressed and moody after a long commute home from the office, so he'll give you the space you need to unwind when you arrive. He'll understand that you don't want to go to his buddy's barbeque when you've received an invitation to go to coffee with a friend.
Basically, he knows the way you work and he loves you so much that he gives you the freedom to be yourself. He wants to help you live your best life, not pressure you to do things that you'd rather not be doing. If you're really lucky, he'll even understand that sometimes you feel like eating a whole tub of ice cream after dinner!
When it's time to plan a perfect date, purchase a Christmas or birthday present, or cook a delicious meal, most men would be stumped. They'd have no idea what their partner really wanted. But not your super loved up man. He knows exactly what you love and he wouldn't even hesitate to make it all happen for you.
He knows the books you love reading, the food you love eating, and all the things you love doing. He's the type of guy that would get your favorite movie streaming, order your favorite pizza, and give you a foot massage at the same time, because he knows it's your ideal way to spend a Friday night. We're really not exaggerating when we say it would be a very good idea to never let this one go.
Whether it's the big things or the little things, your man is likely to sacrifice his own happiness in favor of yours. You both love sitting by the window on bus journeys, but he'll let you have the seat every time you're travelling together. He would really rather drive to work, but he'd rather give up the car so you can drive it to your work instead.
When it comes to more serious things, he doesn't disappoint. If you want to move house, but he's quite content in your current living arrangement, he'll probably agree to it if he thinks it will make you happy. If he wants a family but you'd rather wait, he'll patiently agree. If you want your elderly parents to move in with you, he might not love the idea, but he'll definitely say yes.
Sometimes even an hour away from our significant others can feel like a lifetime. Especially if you're super in love with one another. You can really tell how serious your man is about you if he misses you when you're gone. Whether it's because you've taken an hour to do the grocery shopping or because you're on a week-long business trip, he'll feel your absence and wish you were by his side.
While some men might not want to show all of their cards, you might find that your guy has no shame in texting or calling to tell you how much he misses you. The best part is that when you are finally reunited you can look forward to thousands of hugs and kisses. Maybe even a nice dinner out on the town if you've been gone a while.
Even if you haven't exchanged marriage vows, you still know that there are unwritten and unspoken vows between a couple in love. One is that you can always rely on each other, and this is certainly a good test if you're trying to figure out if your man is in love with you. If you know instinctually that you can count on your man at any time of the day or night, the chances are high that he's head over heels.
Your guy is the type who is likely to drop everything he is doing if you need his support or help. If he can't be there, he'll manage to find a solution from afar. That's just the kind of person he is when he's crazy in love! He also loves that he can count on you, too.
When we say that you know he's in love when he's willing to give it his all, that might have a number of definitions for different couples. In general, giving it your all means investing all of your emotions and energy into the relationship. Whether that takes the form of marriage, a home, babies, travelling, love letters, or something else really depends on the type of couple you are.
Basically, what we're trying to say is that you're 'all in', just like in card games. You're willing to risk everything on this one chance you have with your partner. If this is the case with your man, we're not even sure why you need to read this article! He's clearly crazy about you. We just hope that you're equally crazy about this lovely man, too.
One of the best feelings in life is having someone tell you that they love you. It's something that can make your body and mind tingle and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. To feel loved is one of the greatest joys you'll ever experience, so definitely make the most of it when you have it.
However, when you're really in love, you're so sure of your partnership that there's not even any need to say it. Of course, it's still great to hear it, but a really strong relationship means you simply just KNOW that your man loves you to the moon and back. Don't forget to tell each other how much love you feel, though. Sometimes you can get so secure that you forget to mention it. We think once a day is perfect.
Now we're getting to the important stuff! When it comes to the bedroom, a man who is really in love will be bending over backwards (sometimes quite literally!) to please you. Not only that, he will be desperate to make sure you're satisfied before he takes any enjoyment for himself. Any couple with a strong relationship will tell you that they love driving their partner wild in bed.
As a new couple, the sex can sometimes start off a little awkward. This doesn't mean that he doesn't love you or that you won't reach the point where you fall in love. These things can take time, and like any new activity, sometimes you have to find your way around and practice a little before you get to be any good at it. Have fun on the journey!
There's nothing worse for a couple than monotony. If you get stuck in the rut of routine, it can be so difficult to enjoy being with each other in your relationship. Just like movies that are too predictable, it's tough giving them all of your energy if you know exactly what's going to happen. This is why people are always given the advice to 'spice things up' every now and again.
If your man is in love he'll have no problems surprising you all the time. Whether it's a surprise bunch of flowers that he hand-picked on the way home from work, a meal at your favorite local restaurant, or a spontaneous weekend away to the lake, he'll always take joy in keeping you on your toes. This is what staying in love is all about.
Surprising you with a romantic date should be one of his favorite things, if you read our previous point. However, whether it's a surprise or planned, he will love organizing amazing and fun things for the two of you to do together. When you're in love with someone, all you can think about is the numerous ways in which you could make them happy. Dates are a big part of that and a great way to strengthen your relationship.
If he's really in love with you, your man will come up with all kinds of activities to entertain you. He won't just stick to the old dinner and a movie routine, he will really mix it up and get creative. Whether it's surfing, a festival, hiking to a waterfall, or cuddling up with a take away pizza, he will always have something exciting planned.
Having a distracted partner is one of the most disheartening relationship experiences. There's nothing worse than opening up about your day, only to look up and see that your man is playing a game on his phone or texting someone else. If this happens all the time, it's an indicator that he may not be as in love with you as he should be.
If he's really in love with you, you'll capture his attention whenever you speak. He'll look forward to hearing about your day or any other story you feel like telling him. It can be difficult these days with so much technology at our fingertips, but at the end of the day, you should still be his number one distraction. Try to look each other in the eyes when you're talking and put your phones to the side.
We already mentioned how a man in love will try very hard to break into your friendship circle and win over all of your favorite people. On the other side of that, he'll also want you to be a big part of his group, too. He wants to share memories with both you and his best friends, which indicates that he's pretty madly in love.
If you're just as in love with him, you'll be happy to make conversation with his buddies, even if it means talking about things you're not necessarily into, such as sports, cars, or fishing. The fact that he wants to bring you into his world is a really good sign for the two of you as a couple and it's usually a promising indicator of a future marriage and very long life together.
We all have those weeks: you're super busy, everything seems to be going wrong at work, and you've barely had time to shower, let alone spend time with your man (which is obviously what you'd rather be doing). The great thing about having a partner who is deeply in love with you is that he will always check in to make sure you're okay.
The best types of guys will know how to let you know they're thinking of you without making you feel guilty about the lack of time spent with them this week. Their concern is only for your physical and mental wellbeing. If you live with your man, he'll give you the space to unwind if you need it and he'll add in a few extra cuddles at night to let you know he cares.
Yeah, yeah, we all know about the billions of compliments that are exchanged during the initial dating phase. But does your man keep it up once the initial excitement is over? If he loves you he definitely should. In fact, he'll never run out of wonderful things to say about you as long as the two of you are in love. Every day he can't believe his luck that you've agreed to be his partner.
Whether it's a cute little compliment about your new dress or the way you've done your hair, or a glowing review of one of your recent accomplishments, he'll never hesitate to let you know how great he thinks you are. A strong relationship means he'll never feel the need to keep you down or hold back on praise. Bask in it!
There's no avoiding that fact that mistakes are made in every relationship. Even the ones that seem the most perfect. In fact, overcoming these mistakes is often what makes certain relationships grow stronger. One thing you need for this to happen is openness and honesty. As soon as you start lying to your partner, it's a slippery slope towards your break up.
A man who is truly in love with you will never lie to you. He loves and respects you so much that he religiously sticks to 'honesty is the best policy'. When you're honest about what you're doing, there's no nasty surprises and nobody ends up feeling betrayed. If your partner is going out for drinks with a female friend, he'll always be upfront about it. This honesty means you'll never feel threatened or insecure.
Only a guy totally enamored with you would be able to tolerate the annoying way you bite your nails when you're nervous. But instead of getting annoyed, he finds it adorable. He'll even try to help you through whatever is making you nervous in the first place. Whether it's a comforting arm around your shoulder or a kiss on the cheek, he truly 'gets' you and loves you no matter what.
Or maybe it's the way you snort when you're laughing. Your family may have always made fun of you for it, but your man will think it's one of the cutest things he's ever heard. Likewise, you'll love the way he takes up the entire bed, because it means you can be closer to him. You'll even put up with how forgetful he is when it comes to putting on deodorant.
First off, let's start with the best way to tell if someone DOESN'T love you. If your partner tries to hold you back from achieving your goals, it's time to get out of that situation as soon as possible. If a man really loves you he will not only support you, he will actively help you get to where you need to be in life. Your happiness is his main priority.
Of course, there are times when your individual goals may clash, but a strong couple will work through this and compromise. A strong couple will take each other's goals just as seriously as their own, so there's no need to worry that you can't progress in the relationship. Like we said, a person who doesn't support you is a massive deal breaker - don't accept anything less than 100 percent.
If a guy isn't super serious about you, there's no way he'll introduce you to his family. The last thing he needs is to have his mom asking after you or his siblings talking about how cool you are. When you get invited to meet the family, he's indicating that he thinks you're special. When he wants you to continuously hang out with his family it means he is very much in love.
So, if you're in love too, go to as many of those family dinners as possible. Even if his family isn't the best, it will show him that you love him right back. Becoming part of the family is probably one of the most significant steps to becoming a serious couple that really goes the distance. We can already hear the wedding bells!