New romance can be fun and exciting, especially when you start to feel deeper feelings. At a certain point, you may start to wonder, is this love? How do you know when you are truly falling in love?
There are certain signs that, when observed, are indicators that you are falling in love.
1. You get butterflies in your stomach or other sensations
Our bodies often give us visceral signals – feelings in our skin or organs – that amplify and make us aware of our emotions. When you are falling in love, you may notice tingles or butterflies in your stomach or chest, flushing in the cheeks or face, or a buzzing sensation in other areas of the body, especially when in the presence of your partner. Developing sensitivity to these corporeal sensations is a way to know how your mind and heart are feeling.
2. You look forward to spending time together
If you can’t wait to see your partner at the end of each day, that is a good sign that you have a strong connection. Even mundane tasks like grocery shopping or cooking dinner are better when you are together.
3. You don’t feel as much of a need to go out with friends; you prefer to stay in together
When you’re in love, your partner is your new best friend, and all you need is each other. This often translates to cozy nights at home together, enjoying each other’s company while you cook dinner at home and snuggle together watching movies on the couch. These new activities may take the place of your previous nightly or weekend outings with friends, but that’s ok!
4. You feel a desire to make future plans together
When you find yourself dreaming up a future with this person, that is a good sign that love is in the air. If you don’t feel restricted, and you can actually see yourself spending a good amount of time with this person in the future, this is a sure sign of love.
5. You tell your friends and family all about them
When you fall head over heels in love with someone, you want to share everything about them with everyone you know. When you hear yourself telling your mom the amazing life history of your partner, this is a clue that you’re in love, especially if everything you are saying is positive. When we are in love, we tend to focus on the positive aspects of our partner, and we often don’t see any negative aspects.
6. You can be yourself around them; you can let your guard down
When we first start dating someone new, it’s natural to try to be on our best behavior. However, when you drop the act, let your hair down, and feel comfortable enough to just be you, this is a good indication that you have fallen in love.
7. You look forward to doing new things together
Whether it’s travel, trying a new restaurant, or even something more ambitious like changing your job or starting a business, you look forward to new challenges because you know your partner will be right there by your side supporting you and cheering you on. If you’ve reached this level of trust and intimacy, it’s likely that you are already in love.
8. You don’t want to spend time apart
If you find that you miss your partner when you are apart for a few days, that is a good signal that you’re in love. When we are in love, we tend to want to spend all of our time with the object of our affection, and often feel lonely without them.
9. You think about your partner every morning and every night
If your partner is your first thought in the morning and your last thought at night before bed, this is a good sign you’re in love. He or she is in the forefront of your mind, which is an indication of how your heart is feeling.
10. You feel supported
If you feel special, like he or she cares about you, that warm fuzzy feeling of support is a good indication that you’re in love. One of the best things about being in love is knowing you can always count on your partner; he or she will be there for anything you need.
If you are experiencing some or all of these, there is a pretty good chance that you’re in love! Enjoy it, hug your partner, and tell him or her how you feel, because life is too short to hold back when it comes to being in love!
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