You’ve met this dream guy.
You’ve been dating and know that you are perfect for each other. He’s good looking, kind, gentle… and you know he likes you.
It’s the perfect relationship – except for one thing.
You want to know exactly how he feels, but you are too afraid to ask.
Men aren’t the best at sharing their emotions, and they can be tough to read.
The early days of a relationship can be confusing.
If you are looking for signs to help you dissect the relationship, then here are 20 signs he is starting to fall for you.
How Do Men Express Their Love?
It’s no secret that men and women are different. Very different.
The way we act, share emotions and display feelings. It’s no surprise that the way we express our love is also different.
Love is a deep attraction. When you love someone, it can leave both men and women feeling vulnerable, as it is such a deep emotion that people aren’t used to feeling.
Men like to present themselves as tough and without emotion – which can cause them to hide any signs of love and to suppress feelings.
Research shows that men actually fall in love faster than women and express it earlier than them. It’s all about recognizing those signs that he is falling in love with you and knowing what they mean.
Here are 20 signs he is starting to fall in love with you.
1) He Stares At You
You may have heard the saying, “The eyes are the windows to our soul”. If you catch your man staring at you from time to time this is a good indication that he is falling in love.
The fact is, our eyes don’t lie. They tell the truth. When he is staring at you, it’s because he can’t get enough of you. He wants to soak up every minute you are together.
Research on love and attraction has actually shown that couples who stare at each other intensely with a mutual gaze, is a good indication they are on the path of love. The question to ask yourself is, do you find yourself staring back?
2) He’s A Perfect Gentleman
Does your guy always say and do the right things?
Is he very aware of how he looks and acts when he is around you?
This is because he wants everything to be perfect. For him, there is a lot riding on this relationship and he doesn’t want to mess it up. Chances are, he knows he is falling for you and doesn’t want anything to stand in the way.
So how do you know if he is acting like a perfect gentleman? Here are some signs to help you out:
- He is polite and well-mannered. This means he respects your feelings and treats you in the best way possible. He may pull out chairs and open doors, or it may be in the language he uses towards you.
- He listens in conversation and pays attention to what you have to say. He is actually interested in your life and wants to know more.
- He won’t push you. If you aren’t ready to take the next step or are even having doubts about the relationship, he will respect this and step back.
These are the early signs that a guy is into you, and perhaps starting to feel something a little more.
3) He Wants To Protect You
If your man makes an effort to protect you and stand up for you, it is an early sign he is falling for you. He may not even know it himself yet.
Think about it…
Does he step out on the road ahead of you to check for traffic?
Does he pull you on the other side of the footpath, away from traffic?
This is him playing that protector role. He is falling for you and wants to make sure you are safe.
There is a psychological concept based on this. It is known as the Hero Instinct. The theory is that a man can only fall in love with a woman when this hero instinct has been triggered in him. When he feels the need to protect her at all costs.
It’s a biological drive in a man that he can’t ignore.
If your man is already exhibiting this instinct, then it is a good sign of where your relationship is headed.
4) He Wants To Spend Time With You
At the very beginning of a relationship, it is normal for a guy to want to be around you as much as possible.
You are both getting a feel for the relationship and your feelings for each other.
If he continues to initiate meetups and arrange dates after these beginning days are behind you, it’s a good sign he feels something more than just lust.
It means he truly cares about you.
If he is making time for you in his busy schedule, it’s a sign that he wants this relationship to work and he is already trying to fit you into a permanent spot in his life.
While this will still change as your relationship progresses, it’s a great early sign of how he feels.
5) He Introduces You To People Who Matter
Has your man introduced you to his best mates?
To his family?
If he has taken these steps then there is a deeper connection he is feeling.
These aren’t steps a guy will take without careful consideration.
It means he is proud to call you his girlfriend and he wants everyone close to him to know about you.
Let’s face it, those closest to us are our harshest critics. They know us best and aren’t afraid to tell us what they think. This is why introducing a partner can be such a big deal. It’s bringing you into that inner circle and makes him vulnerable to those closet to him.
If he has made this step, it’s a good indication that he is in the relationship for the long term.
6) He Isn’t Scared Of Commitment
Do you speak about the future together and plan things in advance?
For example, have you discussed a weekend away in the next month or two, or perhaps attending an event together that is scheduled for a couple of week’s time?
Having these conversations and locking in future events together is a good sign that he isn’t afraid of committing to you. He isn’t hanging around, ready to run at the first sign of trouble.
Instead, he is so confident in the way he feels about you, that he is willing to share it by making future plans.
Guys generally aren’t planners.
And they are notorious for running away from commitments.
If your man seems like he is doing the opposite, it’s likely a sign of his deeper feelings for you.
7) He’s There For You When You Are Sick
There is no better way to test a relationship than by throwing some gastro into the mix.
Men aren’t known for their nurturing nature. If your man is by your bedside, holding the bowl and pulling back your hair, then read it as a sign he is falling for you.
He genuinely cares for you and wants to make sure you are OK.
He may even be willing to cancel other things to be with you and help you while you are unwell.
This is a big sign that he is on the path to love and has very strong feelings.
8) He Asks For Your Advice
Now, we aren’t talking about if he is asking you what color shirt to wear.
Rather, does he ask you for advice on personal issues, such as what to get his mum for her birthday, or how to respond to something a family member or friend has done?
This shows he cares for you and values your opinion. More than this, it shows he isn’t afraid to be vulnerable around you. He is happy to let you into his life and doesn’t feel the need to shield you or keep you out.
He has a deeper connection with you – and it’s one that he wants to nurture and encourage.
If you find yourself being consulted on a range of different personal issues, then take it as a sign that love is on the cards.
9) He Makes An Effort With You
When you first start dating, then tends to be a lot of effort put into it from both sides.
You are both looking to impress and give off your best first impression to the other.
But, what happens when you get to know each other and start to let your guard down? Is the effort still there, or has it gone altogether?
Effort doesn’t mean chocolates, flowers, and big gestures on every date.
Instead, effort actually refers to smaller things.
Did he listen that time you mentioned your love of ice-cream by the beach and then plan a date to take to you that place? That’s the effort that counts.
It shows he is listening and cares for you.
10) He Randomly Texts You
How often does he like to text you?
Is it only when you are arranging to meet up…or are there other times he instigates the conversation?
For example, does he like to share the little details with you?
He might see something that reminds him of you and message you to share it.
It could be a meme that he thought might make you laugh.
It could be a funny joke he thought you might appreciate.
It means he is thinking of you, even when you aren’t with him. He wants to get the conversation going between the two of you and will go to lengths to build that connection.
He is falling for you and hoping the feeling is mutual.
11) He Kisses You Intentionally
While sex is often a good indicator of whether there is a deeper connection there, you don’t need to go that far. All it takes is a simple kiss.
A simple kiss, yet a passionate one.
People often say that you can tell the way a person feels by the way they kiss you. It’s a sign of physical intimacy.
If the way they kiss you starts to change and become more passionate, it’s a great way to tell he is falling for you.
If the opposite is happening and he is drawing away and the long kisses have turned to peck, it’s a sign the relationship has fallen off track.
Kissing causes a chemical reaction in your brain, bursting with oxytocin, which is the love hormone. It’s what helps a couple bond. If you keep up the kissing after the beginning of the relationship fizzles down, it’s a sign both of you are sharing those love feelings.
12) He Isn’t Afraid Of PDAs
Public displays of affection can come in many different forms.
A pinch on the butt as you walk past, or a leg rub while you sit next to each other are both signs of lust. While this still indicates he is into you, it’s isn’t a sign that he is falling for you…yet.
It’s the other signs you need to be on the lookout for.
- Does he reach for your hand when you are walking around the shops?
- Does he gently brush the hair out of your eyes when you are talking to each other?
- Does he glance over at you and check on you mid-conversation with someone else?
These are all public displays of affection that actually matter. He isn’t afraid to let the world know that you are his and he wants to treat you right. Not as an object, but as someone he cares for deeply.
13) He Finds Your Quirks Endearing
We all have our quirks. They are usually the things we try and keep hidden at the beginning of a relationship. After all, we want to put forward the best version of ourselves…the quirks can come out in time.
Quirks come in all shapes and forms.
You may snort when you laugh.
You might have one toe longer than your big toe.
You might nervously bite your nails when you are uncomfortable.
The way a man responds to your quirks is a good indication of how he feels about you. A lot can be read into it.
If he loves your quirks and thinks they are adorable, it’s a sign he is falling for you. There isn’t much you could do or say to turn him off. He is in love with you as a person, including all those quirks that come with the package. They are what make you unique and he loves it.
On the flip side, if he finds your quirks annoying or irritating, then it’s time to run.
14) He Checks With You Before Making Plans
If your partner checks in with you before locking in his own plans each week, there’s a good chance he is falling for you.
It means that he prioritizes your relationship over everything else in his life, and respects you enough to put your time together first.
This doesn’t mean you need to spend every waking hour together. It is healthy to spend time apart as well, both on your own and with your own friends.
But if he speaks to you before making any of these plans, it’s a good sign he cares and is starting to fall in love.
15) The Truth Comes First
Telling the truth can be hard, especially when a little white lie can mean the difference between getting away with something or getting into a fight.
For example, if he makes a bad decision, staying out late with friends and arriving late to your family function the next day, he has a choice. He could tell a white lie and say he was caught in traffic, or he could tell you the truth about what happened.
While the truth may upset you, the fact he came clean means he cares and doesn’t want anything to jeopardise your relationship.
He wants to establish trust and honest with you, which are great signs of a lasting relationship.
16) The Conversation Flows
Conversations in relationships are two-sided. If one person is more into the relationship than the other, then it will be stilted and jarred.
Think back to conversations with your best friend. You both listen to each other and show an interest in what each other is saying. This encourages the conversation to flow and you find you always have something to say to each other.
If the same is occurring in your relationship, it’s a sign he is falling for you.
He is showing he cares by listening, responding, and initiating the conversation. He cares about what you think and feel and is willing to dip deeper to find out more.
He wants to know you and be around you.
He is falling for you.
17) He Can’t Stop Smiling
What do we instinctively do when we are happy?
We smile of course.
If he can’t stop smiling around you, then it’s possible he is feeling for you – and he knows it.
Guys don’t like to express their emotions. But that doesn’t mean they can hide them altogether!
When he enjoys spending time with you, it will show.
18) He Wants To Help You
If you have a problem and your man is looking for a solution, it’s because he cares deeply.
Whether something needs to be fixed around the house, or you are having an issue in your workplace, if he is showing an interest, it’s because he wants to help.
If he is falling for you, he wants to be the first person you turn to when you need help. Which means he is always on hand to help out when you need him.
19) He Remembers Important Dates
Let’s face it, when it comes to remembering important occasions, guys are usually hopeless.
That means if he remembers the day you first met, your first date, and other important moments in your relationship, then he is falling for you.
These moments all mean something to him, which is why they are stuck in his mind.
He is investing time in your relationship and falling for you.
20) He Kisses You On The Forehead
If you are ever looking for just one sign that he is falling for you, then this is it. If your relationship has progressed to kissing on the forehead then love is on the cards.
A kiss on the forehead means your relationship has moved on from lust. He doesn’t see you as a sex object, but rather someone he genuinely cares for. “The forehead kiss demonstrates a strong emotional intimacy,” says Laurel Steinberg, PhD, clinical sexologist and relationship therapist.
It’s a sign that he feels deeply for you.
Still, need more convincing? It may be time to start the conversation and see how he really feels. Try asking him and opening up the conversation between the two of you.
If you feel like it might move the relationship too fast, then sit back and take note of the signs. They can reveal so much without the need for any words.
Remember, it’s important to think about how you feel in the relationship. Are you feeling for him? It’s something that needs to be mutual, otherwise, it might be worth re-evaluating the relationship and considering whether it is the right one for you.
Good luck! Love may just be in the air.
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