Some people are more reserved than others.
It’s a fact of life.
So how can you possibly know if someone loves you when they never say it?
Love is more natural to spot than you’d think, and someone who is in love will display a range of behaviors that can tip you and others off to their feelings.
Here are the top twenty-three signs that someone digs you when they’re keeping schtum about it.
1. They Consider You and Them A Team Together
There’s no I in the word team, and they know it.
When you’re around, they make sure everything is a team effort, and they’re always playing on your side.
They use the word ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ because, in their mind, you’re in it together.
2. They Don’t Blindly Agree With You
They’re unafraid to have their own opinions, and they won’t agree with everything you say just to please you.
They feel comfortable enough around you to be themselves, so it shows they care a lot when they’re sincere.
3. They Don’t Dismiss Your Plans
They won’t put themselves first when they know you’re doing something else.
If you need a night with your friends, your partner is happy to let you go out, and spend a night on their own.
They want you to be happy, so they would never deny you a chance for an enjoyable evening.
4. They Never Get Distracted
Your partner isn’t looking anywhere else for attention because they’re happy in the relationship they are in.
Their eyes don’t stray elsewhere even for a moment because they know they can’t do any better than the beautiful person they already love.
You’re their number one, and it’s going to stay like that for the foreseeable future.
5. They Fight Like An Adult
They’re mature enough to take it down a notch when they’re arguing with you. Your partner will never shout at you, or lash out in anger.
They’re capable of having a calm, collected conversation. They know the fight will be over soon enough, and they wouldn’t want to leave you upset by it.
6. They Don’t Shy Away From PDA
It’s a gesture that can somehow be even more intimate than a kiss.
When your partner holds your hand in public, it indicates that they’re happy to show the world they’re with you.
When you’re alone, holding your hand shows that they want to be close to you and that the physical connection you have doesn’t always have to be sexual.
7. They Invest in You
Your partner puts time and effort into being with you, and they’ll sacrifice for you when needs be.
They plan to be with you for the long run, so they make an effort to make sure you never slip away. They would also be happy to support you financially if you needed them to.
8. They Listen Carefully
When you’re talking, you have their undivided attention. When you bring up a past topic, they’ll never be left stranded or confused because they recall everything important you say.
9. They Make Time for You
Even in the busiest of times, they have a few hours spare for you. You’re the center of their world, so they would never neglect you for anyone or anything else.
10. They Put You First
You’re important to them – so much so that they put your needs before theirs. It doesn’t feel like it’s a sacrifice to them because it makes you happy, and that’s your partner’s priority.
11. They Split Chores Equally
When it comes to cooking and cleaning, your beau would never dream of leaving it all up to you. They take on a fair share of the work, and you’ll often work as a team to get things done anyway.
12. They Take An Interest in Your Hobbies
Chances are, your partner probably won’t suddenly start playing chess just because you do, but they’ll clue up on the subject so that they can relate when you talk about it.
Your partner is interested in anything you are passionate about because they understand it’s essential to the person they love.
13. They Try to Impress You
They’ll find ways to show off just a little if they think it’ll keep you interested. Your partner cares about what you think of them, and they want you to see the very best of what they have to offer.
14. They Have A Pet Name For You
If they call you baby, or honey, or cutie, there’s no denying they’re attached to you. Pet names are the perfect way for a person to show affection, and people utilize these names to make you feel special.
15. They’re Always Honest with You
Your partner would never patronize you with a white lie. They will still give you a genuine opinion – even when you don’t ask for it – because lying to you would be a sin in their mind.
16. They’re Genuinely Happy with You
Have you noticed that they tell everyone how fortunate they are to be dating you? Plus, you’ll be able to see it on their face when they’re around you. You can’t deny someone loves you when they can’t help but smile in your presence.
17. They Can Be Themselves Around You
They don’t feel the need to pretend to be someone they’re not. Your partner knows you like them the way they are, so they feel relaxed enough just to be themselves.
They don’t put on a show for you, so you know that everything they do is genuine.
18. They’re Jealous, but Not Unhealthily Jealous
If someone is flirting with you, they’ll be a little protective of you, but they’ll never fly off the handle. They’re not insecure about your relationship, and they trust you to be loyal – a sign of true love.
19. They’re Modest
They’re not a show-off, and they know they don’t have to do any special tricks around you because you like them the way they are.
They don’t feel the need to put themselves on a pedestal for you when you’re already comfortable together.
20. They’re Selfless
They always go out of their way to do things for you, but they don’t expect thanks for it – they do it because they care, and they don’t feel that needs any recognition.
21. They’re Respectful
Some people would try to overshadow you and shout over your opinions, but not your partner. They listen to you carefully because they respect you and your right to speak up.
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About the Author: Hayley Anderton is a Creative Writing graduate from Liverpool. She’s a freelance writer and the self-published novelist of the LGBT YA book, Double Bluff. She doesn’t go anywhere without a notepad and has been writing ever since she can remember. Her other interests include baking, talking about politics and feminism, and snuggling up with her cat. She has dreams of traveling the world with her best friends, and of being a well-known author someday.