Am I In Love? 15 Undeniable Signs You Are
Someone has been on your mind an awful lot lately. And you’re wondering, “Am I in love?”
Sure, maybe you have the physical symptoms of being in love — or some of them, at least. It feels familiar but different. Because this person is different, and you’re not the same person you were the last time you were in love.
So are your symptoms signs that you are in love or of something else (hypnosis, anxiety, boredom)?
Maybe you have all kinds of related questions:
- What does it even mean to be in love?
- What does being in love feel like?
- How long should I expect it to last? How long will I feel like this?
- What is the chemistry of love and the science behind it?
And, finally, are you in love with the person or with the feeling of being in love?
How do you know when you love someone?
First, let’s look at the science behind love.
When you’re attracted to someone, just the sight of them triggers the production of phenylethylamine (PEA) in the brain, which stimulates the release of dopamine and norepinephrine (feel-good brain chemicals). And yes, that alone can be addictive.
Lust involves both testosterone and estrogen. Attachment has its own chemical cocktail of oxytocin and vasopressin. When someone gives you “the feels,” those brain chemicals are very much involved. And you tend to want more of them.
Those brain chemicals bring with them a variety of symptoms — not all of them enjoyable:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased energy or nervous energy
- Difficulty eating (lowered appetite, queasiness, indigestion)
- Separation anxiety when the person you’re in love with is no longer present
- Worry/anxiety that the feelings aren’t mutual
- Depression when the person gives no evidence of feeling the same way
- Obsessive rumination on your faults and other reasons the other person couldn’t possibly or shouldn’t feel the same way
- Elation at the slightest sign that the other person might feel the same way
But when you’re truly in love with the person, the symptoms go beyond chemical dependency.
You don’t just want to be around this person to get your next fix; you want to know this person, to strengthen the connection between you, and to look for ways to please him or her.
Serving this person’s happiness and best interests becomes a top priority for you, and that shows in a variety of ways.
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1. You’re obsessed.
It’s hard not to think about someone you’re in love with. The quality of your work may suffer and so may your attention to other relationships (family and friends).
If you’re truly in love with this person, the non-stop “in-house movies” — which are usually more compelling than day-to-day tasks that need doing — tend to be more about how to make the life of your love interest better in some way.
Your number one focus is on making this person happier, and this takes your attention away from anything unrelated to that.
2. You’re blind to all that isn’t beautiful.
It’s true that when you’re in love with someone, you focus on the positive — so much that it becomes difficult or even impossible to see any of their negative qualities.
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The stunner on your arm could verbally abuse the waitstaff, and you’d excuse the rude behavior with something like “Well, he did say ‘no cheese’ – twice, to make sure she heard him,” or “It’s been a rough day, and she deserves flawless customer service.”
Your focus would be on the rose he bought for you, or on that smile of hers that makes your stomach flip every time you see it.
Chemicals again. This is why we say, “Love is blind.” Eventually, when the flames of passion subside, it’s easier to see character flaws for what they are and to make a rational decision about whether or not to leave the relationship.
3. You’re riding an emotional roller coaster.
This has a lot to do with brain chemicals, but they aren’t the whole story.
Yes, you may be playing the “She/he loves me, she/he loves me not” game with flower petals, random glances, and mixed body language, but you’re also more tuned into your love interest’s emotional states and looking for ways to lighten the load and offset the day’s negatives.
While the highs and lows can be exhausting, your emotional state is, for the most part, dependent on your love interest’s behavior toward you. It’s not a fun place to be — except when it is.
4. You want to include him/her in everything.
Anytime something amazing or terrible happens to you, your love interest is the one you want to call first. You want to hear the voice of your beloved before that of anyone else.
Not only do you want to include this person in all the highs and lows of your life, but you also want to see proof that those highs and lows matter to the person you’re in love with.
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You want to celebrate every good thing together, and you want to know that this person will be there for you and have your back when things go wrong. You want to be everything to your beloved that you expect from him or her.
5. You’re on a gift-giving spree.
Especially if your love language is receiving gifts, you’re probably buying and/or making gifts for your love interest and presenting (or leaving) them when opportunities arise.
You’ll put extra thought into those gifts because each one is an expression of your love and romantic interest. Each gift is an extension of you.
Sometimes the gift you give will be your time and your full attention; other times, it might be a little thing you ran across that you thought the other would enjoy. Every gift, though, bears with it the hope of building something together.
6. You’re making (more of) an effort with your appearance.
When you’re in love, you tend to put more effort into looking (and smelling) great.
Sometimes it’s about improving your odds of being noticed. It might also be because your love interest has already shown you special attention, and it makes you feel more attractive.
Being in love has a rejuvenating effect, anyway, and you’re likely to want your wardrobe and personal hygiene to reflect that. If your beloved notices and shows some appreciation, your effort has just paid for itself many times over.
7. You now like things you used to avoid.
Before you fell in love, no one could get you to dance (or to get on a boat, or to try Rocky Mountain oysters, etc.), but if your love interest enjoys something you used to avoid, suddenly it sounds like something worth trying — especially if it will get a smile from the right face.
Before you know it, “I don’t dance” gives way to “What should we try next?”
8. You envision a future together.
If you can envision a future with this person — and you find yourself doing that often — you’re probably in love.
Whether you’re picturing the two of you starting a family or just growing old together, you enjoy the thought of having each other’s company for the long haul.
Maybe you’ve always been fine with apartment life, but you’ve started looking at houses. Or maybe you’re paying more attention to the small children living and playing nearby because now it actually seems possible that you might have some of your own.
9. You yearn for connection.
If you’re in love with this person, physical intimacy is certainly appealing, but it isn’t enough.
You also want an emotional connection that makes it easy and enjoyable to be in this person’s company even when physical intimacy is not an option.
That connection brings with it a greater empathy for your love interest. You’re more in tune with the other’s moods and emotions, so you pick up on his or her anxiety, anger, or excitement. And you look for ways to meet your beloved’s emotional needs.
10. You’re making changes.
Just as you might develop an interest in something you used to avoid, you might make other changes to better accommodate the routines, habits, likes, and dislikes of your love interest.
You might take a different route to work in order to pick up coffees for the two of you, or you might start wearing the other’s favorite color. Maybe you’ll find yourself becoming more of a morning person (or a night owl) to synchronize your sleep schedules.
When you’re in love, you’re more than happy to make sacrifices to serve or please the other.
Once the passion cools a bit, you may revert to old, abandoned habits, but for now, there’s not much you wouldn’t do to make yourself more pleasing to your beloved.
11. You’re feeling possessive.
When you’re in love, you feel twinges of jealousy anytime your love interest flashes that devastating smile on anyone but you.
If smiles are on both sides, your hackles are probably up and preparing for battle. Only one can win the heart of your beloved, and you’ll do whatever it takes to be that one.
You might go a bit far with this, thinking (or even saying out loud), “Don’t smile at her; she might get the wrong idea!” or “Is there something going on between you and that guy? I don’t like the way he’s looking at you.”
It’s hard not to feel a bit possessive of someone when you already see the two of you as an exclusive couple.
12. You see him/her everywhere you go.
If a thousand things throughout the day remind you of this person, chances are, you’re in love.
It’s one thing to be distracted by someone who’s right there in front of you; it’s another to see that person reflected in every direction even when he or she is out of sight. You want to see your beloved in every corner. So, you do.
It’s hard not to drag your love interest’s name (or something about him or her) into every conversation. When you keep those thoughts to yourself, they linger a while. And when you’ve finally gotten back to something, another reminder comes, setting you pleasantly adrift.
13. You can (both) say anything.
Your love interest could talk about the price of pomegranates or the weather in Greenland, and you’d hang on every word.
The minutes pass too quickly when you’re together and too slow when you’re apart. You can’t wait to talk to this person again, and it’s hard to imagine ever not looking forward to that.
Your beloved is by far your favorite conversation partner — even when most of what you’re saying to each other is subtext.
14. Your passion goes from a spark to a smolder.
Maybe your romantic inclinations began as a spark that surprised you with its sudden brightness, warmth, and energy, but now the spark has given way to a deep and consistent smolder.
You still feel warmth and energy, and it wouldn’t take much to get a blaze going, but you’re comfortable just hanging out with this person.
You’ve tempered your passion with a genuine interest in your beloved’s well-being and happiness. Maybe your slow, steady burn isn’t as flashy as it was in the beginning, but it’s more pleasant to be around.
15. Absence makes your heart grow (even) fonder.
You miss your love interest when he/she is not around. You don’t wither away, but you feel the absence keenly.
You feel a strong inclination to re-read anything this person has written to you (a card, a note, an email), and you may keep a small gift or memento of this person within reach at all times — maybe in your pocket, maybe on your desktop.Am I in Love? 15 Obvious Signs You Are In Love. Click To Tweet
You want to be reminded of your beloved, even when it hurts. You find your imagination wandering to moments you’ve shared and conversations you’ve had, however brief.
10 Quotes About Being in Love
Still confused about whether or not you're in love? We've gathered a few quotes that sum up that rapturous feeling and reflect various interpretations of how it's expressed. Maybe one or more of these will speak to you.
1. “Being in love is the only transcendent experience.” — Armistead Maupin
2. “I fall into him like one would fall into a dream, ready to submit to your subconscious’s innermost desires and your deepest fears.” –Stephanie Binding
3. “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” — Dr. Seuss
4. “Love vanquishes time. To lovers, a moment can be eternity; eternity can be the tick of a clock.” — Mary Parrish
5. “Love does not appear with any warning signs. You fall into it as if pushed from a high diving board. No time to think about what’s happening. It’s inevitable. An event you can’t control. A crazy, heart-stopping, roller-coaster ride that just has to take its course.” — Jackie Collins
6. “Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.” — Helen Rowland
7. “He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” — Leo Tolstoy
8. “She wonders if this is what people call falling in love, the desire to be with someone for every minute of the rest of her life so strong that sometimes she is frightened of herself.” –Yiyun Li
9. “Isn’t that how falling in love so often works? Some stranger appears out of nowhere and becomes a fixed star in your universe.” — Kate Bolick
10. “I've grown accustomed to her face! She almost makes the day begin! I've grown accustomed to the tune that she whistles night and noon. Her smiles, her frowns, her ups, her downs, are second nature to me now, like breathing out and breathing in… I was serenely independent and content before we met! Surely I could always be that way again… And yet… I've grown accustomed to her looks, accustomed to her voice, accustomed… to her… face.” — Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady
Did you find this post on the signs you are in love helpful?
Whatever your situation regarding love and relationships, you probably have some idea of how it feels to be in love or to fall in love with someone.
The riot of emotions can be confusing. If you don’t feel safe enough to let the current take you, you may do everything possible to extricate yourself from them and avoid situations where those feelings might reassert themselves.
If you trust the person you’re in love with, though, and the feelings are mutual, few things in this life can compare with the joy of sharing that.
Better still, though, is when that love ripens into something chosen and cherished by both.
For now, think how many souls might read this article if you enjoyed it enough to share it on your preferred social media platform.
Maybe someone out there has reason to thank you for it, as he or she is confused about the romantic feelings stirring within.
And may your creativity and thoughtfulness influence everything else you do today.