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14 signs you're truly in love

Posted June 17

Falling in love is the most wonderful and exciting part of your life. It’s thrilling to find a compatible, awesome person and feel things for them you’ve never felt before.

But how can you tell you’ve moved from liking that special person to loving them? Is this just a fun fling, or is this the person for you? If these 14 tell-tale signs sound familiar, it’s true love.

1. They’re on your mind … a lot

When you’re in love, you’ll spend a lot of time musing over your sweetie. That special person will seem to be in your thoughts more than anyone or anything else.

2. You feel a bit unstable

When you’re falling for that person, your mood, appetite, sleep patterns (and more) can swing out of whack. Your behavior might slightly resemble a drug addict's — but that’s OK — love is your drug.

3. You see your beloved as unique

The person you’re in love with probably seems like the best person in the world. You’ll find yourself saying and thinking things like, “this one’s special.”

4. You think of them when a love song comes on the radio

Love songs, romance movies or anything else romantic reminds you of them because you associate your darling with those ideas of love.

5. You put a little extra thought into your appearance

When you’re getting dressed in the morning, do you think to yourself, “Will he/she like this outfit?” You’ll probably also spend an extra minute or two on your hair if you plan on seeing them that day.

6. You prioritize them

For those yet to fall in love, the number one person in their life is themselves. But if you find yourself putting your special person over your own needs, you’ve fallen in love.

7. You get jealous

Some people definitely go overboard with jealousy, but it’s actually healthy for a relationship in limited doses. Your feelings of jealousy signify you love someone enough to want to be exclusive with them. Jealousy motivates people to engage in behaviors that maintain an important relationship — being a little jealous may give you to push you need to cement this fling into something more serious.

8. You want your family and friends to like them

If you really care about what your loved ones think of them, then you’re already pretty attached to the person.

9. You love their imperfections

If your love goggles aren’t completely obscuring their imperfections, you realize that they aren't perfect — but their flaws don't bug you. In fact, you love them even more because of them.

10. You make up excuses to spend more time together

You’ll find yourself throwing off your sleep schedule, putting off errands and sacrificing other things that need to be done if it means you get to spend time with them.

11. You’re turning into a better person

When you’re in love with someone, you want to be better. You want to be worthy of their love in return. You also want everyone you meet to share your happiness, so you do what you can to make everyone you meet just a little happier.

12. Being apart is painful

When being apart takes a toll on you, that probably means you’d rather spend time with them than do anything else. This want is a sign of love.

13. You think about your future together

If you catch yourself picturing the two of you together a year or fifty years from now, you’re in love.

14. One specific person has been coming to mind while reading this list.

If one person’s name and face have been popping up over and over as you read this list, you’re definitely in love!

McKenna Park is a staff writer at FamilyShare. She's a happy wife, puppy mama, ice cream addict and film nerd. Contact her at mpark@deseretdigital.com.

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