by Gloria Liven
While hollywood may portray true love as full of fireworks, romantic dinners,
and extravagant gifts... real love is nothing like that. Here are the
signs of true love!
Love often starts
with infatuation (see the signs),
but once the relationship matures to another level... it may turn into
love! The reason you may want to know the difference is before making
any major life commitments, you want to make sure it's love, not infatuation.
- Your partner feels
like your best friend.
- You feel like you
are so lucky and blessed to have them!
- You truly care
about the other person and their thoughts and feelings.
- You are willing
to compromise with them.
- You know they care
about you more than anything, and you care about them more than anything,
- The relationship
is more than 6 months - 1 year old.
- You may not think
the person is always perfect -- you may dislike them at times-- but
you still love them.
- You don't have
to spend every minute with them, you spend a good balance of leisure
time together and apart.
- Your friends and
family think you make a good couple.
- You care deeply
about the other person's thoughts, feeling, morals, and beliefs.
- You consider the
other person when making future plans.
- You may fight,
but you work to resolve your differences.
- You enjoy their
company and spending time with them even if you aren't doing anything
- You no longer notice
other members of the opposite sex in a romantic way.
- You don't want
to change or control the other person.
- You will put your
wishes and desires aside to make the other person happy.
- You want and respect
their opinion, and talk to them if something is bugging you.
- You know you could
never cheat on them, and don't worry that they'd cheat on you.
- You feel emotionally
intimate with the other person and share your thoughts and feelings.
- You find creative
ways to handle your differences or compromise.
- Even when you disagree,
you both can understand the other person's thoughts and ideas.
- The idea of commiting
to them doesn't scare you.
- You feel that they
help make you a better person, and you make them better, too.
- You feel your personalities
work well together.
- You feel no desire
to date other people to see what it's like.
- You no longer see
yourself as an individual, but as part of a couple.
- You feel good about
your relationship, not worried that it won't work out.
- You feel that the
other person genuinely cares for you and wants the best for you.
- You both work to
help each other through problems.
- You put the other
person first, and always listen to them.
- You are willing
to wait for sex because you want to make sure it's special.
- You have no desire
to have sex with anyone else.
- You have discussed
your plans and dreams, how many kids you want, where you want to live,
your religious beliefs, morals, etc. with them because you plan on making
them a permanent part of your life.
Love is more mature
than infatuation because with love, you have commitment and trust. You
also have a deep knowledge of the other person's ideas, hopes, futures,
and fears. Because love takes getting to know the other person, and emotional
intimacy, it generally develops over a longer time than infatuation. It
is said that infatuation starts quickly, but love grows slowly. In fact,
the way many people fall in love begins with infatuation that matures
To see a comparison
of love and infatuation, see here.
someone in love might say:
- I never thought
they were the cutest person, but now that I love them I can see what
I was missing.
- It's not always
fun, but we both work on making our relationship work.
- I feel like I'm
in love with my best friend.
- Even if we fight
I know we still love each other and can resolve our differences.
- They are always
there for me no matter what.
- I feel so happy
to have found them.
- I can share everything
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