Men seem to be hard to read by definition. So when it comes to determining if what you’ve got is the real deal, it involves a bit more effort than plucking petals from a flower and seeing what you land on. But no matter how guarded your man may be, there are some surefire actions that spell out L-O-V-E.
Here are five Dating with Dignity ways to tell if your man loves you.
1. He listens.
A good listener is an attractive and important quality even in the earliest stages of dating, but it becomes even more important as a relationship becomes more serious. A man who listens to the little details of your life and makes sure to show you he remembers them is not only expressing his respect for you, but he’s also expressing his love.
2. He looks after you.
Fixing things around your apartment… Bringing over soup, cold medicine, and your favorite movie when you’re sick… Reflexively protecting you from imminent danger… These are all ways a man expresses your importance to him in the most natural way he knows how. His efforts to make you feel safe and taken care of are clear evidence of his feelings for you and his hope that you see his ability to provide for you in the future.
3. He includes you in future plans.
Speaking of the future, a man in love will talk about it with you and include you in it often. Whether making more practical long-term plans such as inviting you as his date to a wedding months away or talking serious plans such as marriage and kids, his automatic inclusion of you in his future means he wants you there for it.
4. He introduces you to others he loves.
A guy is not going to make time for you to meet mom if he’s not thinking about something serious. When a man takes care to introduce you to his family and friends, he’s not only proud to show you off to the people who matter the most to him, but he clearly hopes they’ll love you as much as he does.
5. He says it.
All actions aside, the only words you can count on to determine whether or not he loves you are the most obvious ones: “I love you.” If a man is truly, madly, and deeply in love with you, he won’t be able to keep it from you. And he’ll want to make sure you’re aware of it always and often!