Being in love is a great feeling. It’s so fascinating and all-encompassing that people write songs about it, make movies about it, and spend their whole lives trying to find it. So, when you do find true love or even have a hardcore crush on someone, it’s hard not to have those feelings spill out the seams.
The worst thing about having a crush is that it can be both a glorious and uncomfortable feeling at the same time. On the one hand, you can’t get enough of this incredible human being who can do no wrong. They’re a unicorn, straight out a fairytale – but, on the other hand, how do you tell them you like them – or worse yet, how do you hide it?
Finding someone who you like and finding out that they like you too, is possibly the rarest and nicest thing in the world. The feeling is unique, and anybody who succeeds in having their crush like them back is a champion – at least, in the romantic world.
How do you know whether your crush likes you back? Keep reading to learn the signs.
1. You catch him staring at you.
Just like you’ve been spending the better half of your day pining over your crush, there’s a good chance that when he falls in love with you, he exhibits more or less of the same behavior.
When you take some time out of your day to make googly eyes at him, don’t be surprised if you find him making googly eyes at you too!
2. He dresses up nicely when you’re together.
This one is pretty straightforward. No female wants to go on a date with a slob. On the other hand, it’s a safe bet that a guy likes you if it seems like he puts a bit more effort into his grooming or wears expensive fragrances when you’re around.
If you see your crush going the extra mile and dressing to the nines, it might be because he’s trying to show you just how polished he can look.
3. He tries being extra funny around you.
Keep this tip in mind whenever you guys hang out – especially if it’s just the two of you. When he makes a sarcastic remark or tells a funny story, check to see if he glances at you to see how you react. If he does, it’s a sure indicator that he’s into you!
Men are more about body language than words – and him trying to get you to laugh at his jokes spells out L-O-V-E. It shows that he’s trying to win your attention and trying to impress you.
4. His body language changes around you.
The man of your dreams might be the skinniest man you know, or maybe he’s shorter than you are – but if he likes you back, he’ll try to tower over you when you hang out.
Men like to dominate, especially when they’re in love – so if you see him trying to look taller, broader, or stronger than you when you hang out, take it as a positive sign.
5. He makes an effort to talk to you.
If a guy is interested in you, he’ll attempt to initiate conversations with you – and you won’t have to make most of the effort anymore. While it’s true that the first few interactions may be a little awkward (now that he likes you too), they’ll definitely be worth it.
Guys don’t always know what to say when making conversation -, but their listening abilities and tone of voice will show you if they’re feeling the love in the air or not. If he’s nodding and asking follow-up questions, it means he’s into you too.
6. There’s a lot of eye contact.
The eyes are said to be the window to the soul – so if your crush seems to be staring into yours more than usual, it could be an indication that he likes what he’s seeing.
If your crush looks at you despite the lack of obvious explanations, you can interpret this as a sign of desire. He’s checking you out – and don’t worry; it’s with good reason!
7. They laugh at all your jokes.
Here’s something to try: make a bad joke – one that’s bad, even by your standards.
If your crush still giggles, he might be interested in you! This just means that he’s sending the signal that he finds you funny and fun to be around. The ball is now in your court.
8. He notices the small details.
If he’s the first one to notice when you’re feeling particularly blue or the first one to offer help when you look overwhelmed, there’s a good chance you hold a special place in their heart.
It’s no secret that when it comes to love, men like to live large – and tend to gloss over the small details. This means that if he’s noticing how you are or what you’re wearing (a new dress, perhaps?), this guy can’t get enough of you.
9. He remembers things you tell him.
This is another surefire sign that your crush might be into you. He remembers parts of your conversation or intimate details about what you’ve told them long after you mentioned them.
If he’s paying closer attention to everything you’re saying, then that means he’s become emotionally invested in you too.
10. He shares intimate information about himself.
It’s no secret that men don’t care to share the intimate details of their lives – so if he’s revealing his sensitive side to you or being open and vulnerable in front of you, it shows that he wants to open his heart to you.
Opening up to you also means that he’s trying to make you comfortable enough to reciprocate. He wants to establish trust and help you develop a beautiful friendship – and something more, too.
11. He enjoys hanging out one-on-one.
If a guy is really into you, he’ll make it a point to hang out one-on-one so he can get you all to himself. He wants to impress you and get to know you better.
He might also try to make you feel special, like you are the only girl in the world, before deciding if he wants to spend the rest of his life making you smile.
12. He includes you in all of his plans.
Many guys exhibit one secret romantic behavior: they insist on taking you along whenever they hang out with their friends. If he’s going out with his friends, he’ll ask you to join as well.
It doesn’t matter if they’re going for coffee or even for a night out; if he asks you if you’re free to join, he wants you around him all the time.
13. He’s shy around you, even if he’s usually not.
Sometimes, when people are uneasy, they start talking too much. They might seem ridiculous, but they can’t seem to stop.
In the same way, sometimes even the loudest people become a little flustered and quiet when they’re in a situation they’re not familiar with.
If your otherwise loud crush becomes shy around you or the other way around, it’s a surefire sign that you’re the only thing that makes him nervous enough to get flustered – so you can take it as a compliment.
14. He discusses future plans with you.
Another way you can tell if your crush likes you back is to see if they discuss their future with you – and we’re not talking about job advancements or their academic life.
If he discusses things like where he wants to settle down or where he sees himself ten years from now, especially romantically, he’s trying to see if you feel the same way so he can step up and ask you out. He’s trying to see if his goals for the future align with yours!
15. He teases you.
To be fair, there is a difference between teasing someone because you like them and straight-up insulting someone – and there’s a thin line between the two.
If romcoms have taught us anything, it’s that when boys make light, harmless jabs at you or pull stupid but endearing pranks on you, there’s a good chance he’s trying to get your attention in the most boyish way possible.
16. He wants to know if you’re single.
When men fall in love, they fall hard – so they don’t want to mess around and get attached to someone who isn’t available, either because they’re dating someone or are emotionally invested in someone else.
If a boy is interested in you, he wants to know right away if you’re available so he doesn’t get too attached or get his hopes up too high.
17. He’s interested in every word you say.
If he likes you back, he isn’t just making small talk with you. Instead, he’s probably putting forth extra effort to get to know you better.
The topics of conversation may vary from simple questions about your day to deeper dives into your deepest anxieties and wildest hopes, and he’ll hang onto every word you say.
This is because he’s interested in not only dating you but becoming your sincerest friend as well.
18. He mirrors your behavior.
A scientifically confirmed fact is that when you like someone, you begin to behave the same way as they do almost instinctively to make a favorable impression. If your crush mirrors your behavior, they’re doing more or less the same.
If they start to mimic your speech patterns, facial expressions, and conversational style, among other things, it implies that they’re attempting to get to know you as much as possible.
19. He texts you constantly.
Whether something funny happens at the office or if he finds a hilarious meme, you’re the first person he informs via text. A man who’s fond of you and genuinely likes you will reciprocate by showing you something that he enjoys, hoping it’ll pique your interest too.
20. He touches you playfully.
Men are typically more physically affectionate than women. When a man wants to touch you when it isn’t necessary, it’s usually a good indicator that he likes you.
This typically refers to little signals that tell you his actual feelings, like when he holds your hand or accidentally touches you with his knee.
21. He starts most of the conversations- and there’s a lot of them.
If you’re trying to figure out if your crush likes you back, another factor to consider is the amount of interaction you two have.
If you’re the one who always starts conversations, it might mean their replies are nothing more than polite courtesy – but if the witty banter flows both ways, your love isn’t one-sided anymore.
22. He stalks your social media.
In today’s dating world, social media is an integral aspect of any interaction, romantic or otherwise. If your crush is interested in you, he’ll most likely monitor your social media pages.
This is the only way he can find out where you spend your leisure time, who your friends are, what hobbies and interests you have, and what shows and films you like – and if he sends you a follow request, it just means he’s super into you and wants to know what you’re all about.
23. He’s protective of you.
The plain fact is that men are biologically compelled to care for and protect women. It’s built into their DNA.
It awakens a man’s protective instincts and the noblest side of his manhood – and makes him feel like a hero. While overprotectiveness can be too annoying, him trying to take care of you when you’re in trouble is an adorable way for him to say, “I like you, too”.
24. He gets jealous when you mention other guys.
If you’re texting other guys while also crushing hard on him, your crush might notice and wonder what’s up.
If this were a guy who didn’t like you back, he wouldn’t ever ask you about them – but, if he does, he might coyly ask you to spill the beans because he’s a little jealous of whomever else you’re talking to.
25. He likes to help you out.
Guys have natural problem-solving skills, and they want to help find solutions to problems their crush (you) is facing. If you tell him about a problem you’re having, he’ll probably scour his mind for remedies.
A guy who genuinely cares about you will go above and beyond to try and save the day by being your knight in shining armor.
The Bottom Line
If the man you like shows any of these unmistakably cute gestures and signs, take it positively. Know that, gradually and inevitably, he’ll confess his true feelings for you.
If you’re feeling bold, check out our guide to the 20 sweet and easy ways to show a guy you like him!