Whether you've been dating for three months or three years, allowing the words "I love you" to escape from your lips for the first time can be a bit daunting. Although we casually toss those three little words around to family members and friends, directing them toward a boyfriend is a completely different story. When it comes to telling a guy that you're in love with him, sweet sentiments and simple everyday actions will help you deliver your message without worry.
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Work your way slowly into saying "I love you" by letting other sweet sentiments slip out of your lips first. For example, "I adore you" and "I cherish you" are sweet ways to show your love and gauge your guy's reaction to the statement.
Use more meaningful words as you become more comfortable with expressing your feelings. Tell him that you can't stop thinking about him, even when you're apart. Let him know that you feel blessed to have him in your life and he makes your world a better place. Don't be shy about using words that sound a bit cheesy, such as "you're the best thing that's ever happened to me." If the sentiment is heartfelt and sincere, it quickly loses its "cheesiness."
Talk about your future together. If you love him, you probably want to spend the rest of your life with him. Discuss your plans for the future. If he's receptive to the idea, he'll probably share his dreams and ideas with you as well. These simple conversations should help you determine whether he loves you and if his future plans include you. If he's not very receptive to the idea, it may be too soon to utter those three little words.
Tell him once you're ready. If you've been throwing around sweet sentiments and he's been receptive to the ideas, just go for it and say "I love you." Don't worry about finding the perfect time or perfect place. Whether you choose to whisper it while cuddling on the couch, mention it in casual conversation or yell it from the rooftops, it will always be a moment you'll both remember.
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Compliment him at least once every day and get creative about showing your love. Rather than just using verbal compliments, make it a bit more unexpected and unpredictable. Leave him a note on his pillow or tuck a love note into his briefcase or lunch bag. Write a message on the foggy bathroom window or use pepperoni to draw a heart on his favourite pizza. Send him a text message or e-mail in the middle of the afternoon, just to let him know you're thinking of him.
Share his interests and hobbies every once in a while. Although you might not understand a thing about football and you'd much rather read a book than play video games, participating in your guy's favourite activities is a great way to show him that you love him. Whether it involves talking politics, taking a hike or discussing the latest developments in the auto industry, give him your undivided attention every once in a while.
Be honest all the time, about everything. Honesty is the foundation of a loving relationship. If you want your man to know that you're in love with him, you must always be honest. Catching someone in a lie -- whether serious or trivial -- can seriously impact the integrity and trust of a relationship.
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