How to Know My Boyfriend Really Loves Me

Relationship Rules
17 Sep 2023
13 min read
Does My Boyfriend Love Me? 12 Signs He Does!

Does my boyfriend love me? Like, really really love me? Those questions inevitably cross a girl’s mind in every relationship. But before running for his validation and approval, it’s worth stopping and clarifying what specific words and actions will give you the answer to this eternal question.

We’re here to guide you.

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1. Words He Speaks

“What would you do,
If I took those words away
So you couldn’t make things new
Just by saying I love you?”

Extreme, song More Than Words

Saying “I love you” is easy. It really rolls off the tongue almost by second nature for some people. And certainly, those are words you like and want to hear from someone you believe is the right guy for you.

But those words are not meaningful unless actions back them. Does he show you that he loves you? More on that later.

Related reading: Putting Love into Action – It’s a Language

Meantime, listen for other ways he speaks:

  • When he talks to others, does he use more “I” rather than “We”? This is at least a yellow, if not a red flag
  • If he talks to his friends about his long-term plans and does not include you, it could indicate pretty strong selfishness, at the least. Alternatively, it can be one of the signs that your boyfriend is not thinking about the long haul with you. If he includes you in his future, he has the strong feelings you want to see.
  • When he talks to friends and family on the phone and you are there, does he mention that he’s with you? Does he talk about things you have done together? Here’s a good sign.
  • Does he admit and apologize when he has been wrong? Again, saying “I’m sorry” is the easy part. Does he show you that he is making an effort by trying to change his behavior? This is a good sign that the man loves you.

Whenever there seems to be a disconnect between his words and his actions, you should consider how much you can trust him. If, for example, he tells you he is going to make plans to spend quality time with you but is always too busy to make that time, what else will come along that you cannot trust?

Whenever you question does my boyfriend love me, see if he shows respect

2. He Treats You with Respect

“Respect means no one has power or authority over someone else. It means we don’t have to agree with someone to love them. Respect means to give someone space to have their own opinions and journey. Respect means to let go. Accept. Not judge. Don’t react. Don’t control. Let be. Let grow. Respect means to not place your definitions on someone else. Respect means to work on your own issues. Respect means to have your own safe life container.”

John Kim, relationship therapist

There are plenty of actions that you can read as signs that your boyfriend really loves you. Take a look at this list and see how many you can claim. And be honest with yourself – don’t just engage in wishful thinking.

The exact all-inclusive concepts of respect he can manifest include:

  • He listens to your ideas, values, and opinions and, even though he may disagree with them, doesn’t make negative judgments
  • He talks well of you to and when around friends and family
  • He pays attention to big and little things that matter to you – he puts his phone down when you are talking to him
  • He tells you the truth, even when it’s not too good
  • He gives you space when you ask for it
  • He checks with you before he makes plans

Additionally, he respects your need for space, even though he loves to spend time with you. And he will make plans to include you in his free time. At the same time, he respects your feelings about wanting time alone or pursuing interests or time with friends. He will support these activities without showing jealousy or irritation.

Long story short, if your boyfriend really wants you to be happy in all aspects of your life, he is a great partner indeed.

3. He Misses You When You’re Not Together

Now, let’s qualify this a bit. Being in love means the two of you want to be together. And when you start dating, this togetherness can be pretty constant.

As the relationship evolves, you both are comfortable having time apart to pursue other interests and activities. Now, let’s break this whole thing down a bit.

Difference Between Love and Dependency

“Being in love means there is a connection, while being attached implies dependency…ask yourself this question, ‘Do I have to be with this person, or do I get to be with this person?’ If you feel like you have to be in a relationship, perhaps it is out of an attachment issue, but if you feel like you get to be with someone, and it is a privilege, you may be in love.”

Kristen Lilla, sex and relationship therapist

Now turn this statement on your boyfriend. Does he tell you that he misses you but, at the same time, gives you your independence and space while still keeping in touch, it’s a pretty sure sign that he loves you and that you are in a healthy relationship.

Related reading: Limerence vs Love: How to Tell the Difference

How He Shows You He Misses You in a Healthy Way

When you started dating, you were together a lot. Now that you are not, what does he do to show you that he misses you in a good way? Here are a few examples it can happen:

  • He may text you in the morning and at night just to say he is thinking about you, to say good morning, to wish you a great day or to say “goodnight, I love you”
  • He may send you a random text during the day to say he hopes your day is going well
  • If you are on a trip with the girls, he may call or text saying he misses you but hopes you are having a great time

4. He Is Your Biggest Cheerleader

All women have personal and career goals. A woman may also have passions and causes near and dear to her heart. If this is you, how does your boyfriend respond to these?

One of the sure signs your boyfriend loves you is how he supports your goals and passions. He makes these unselfish gestures to tie into your personal goals and values and show you they are also valuable to him:

  • He joins you in your volunteering
  • He helps you prepare that presentation for a meeting at work
  • He helps you with research for an academic paper you have to produce

If you are wondering, these types of gestures should show any woman that a boyfriend loves them. And, of course, you will be treating him in the same way.

5. He Is Willing to Compromise

In any relationship, there will be differences, which are the cause of disagreements and arguments. This is perfectly normal. Suppose you are more of a “homebody” and prefer quiet nights alone together. Suppose your boyfriend is more of an extrovert and loves being “out there” with others at all sorts of social events and activities.

Is your relationship doomed? The answer is “no.”

Not if your boyfriend loves you more than his need to be out there regularly. If he knows you are having a hard time with his lifestyle, his desire for compromise may take different forms:

  • He is willing to discuss how each of you can accommodate the other’s lifestyle needs and desires
  • He will move forward, making plans to be out with friends when you have major work projects that keep you occupied
  • You will plan one night out a week together and one night where you stay, cook dinner together, and binge-watch a favorite series of the both of you.

Your list can be different from this “template,” but the idea is that you will find a way to consider each others’ perspectives while planning time together.

6. He Wants You Around His Family and Friends

If he makes a point of including you in events and functions that his significant others hold, then you can probably figure out that you are pretty important to him. In fact, this is one of the biggest signs that your boyfriend loves you. This is not just one of those little things he does for you – it’s a biggie.

And watch how he speaks about you and treats you around those people. If he speaks highly of you and gives those endearing physical gestures in their presence, you can figure that you have one of those relationships that is loving and lasting as long as you want it.

When a boyfriend loves you, he gives you random gifts

7. He Will Randomly Surprise and Check-In with You

High-quality men who love the women they are dating have fun by coming up with little (and sometime big) surprises out of the blue. This behavior takes thoughtfulness, caring, effort, and time. If he didn’t love you, would he do these things? Highly unlikely.

He is interested in how your day or evening is going and he’ll call or text you at random times. And those check-ins include words of affection. If this happens regularly over a while, it’s pretty easy to determine that he loves you, is happy with you, and is not playing with your emotions. You can probably count on a future with him if that’s what you want.

Related reading: The Love Language of Gift Giving

8. He Accepts You Just as You Are

Most people have their little weird habits or quirks. Some of us have other behaviors that can be annoying – for example:

  • You can’t stay calm when talking about an issue at work or with a friend
  • You are a night owl who watches TV until the wee hours
  • You let others take advantage of you, or you can’t resist that retail therapy

Obviously, he’ll notice these things and may even comment on them in a loving way. But the point is that he is neither critical nor judgmental nor attempts to “shame” you into changing. Healthy relationships don’t involve one partner trying to make the other change. Instead, it relies on compromise.

9. He Wants to Make Your Life Easier

Maybe you are horribly busy at work. A boyfriend who loves you will think of ways to make things easier for you during this time. He might treat you by showing up with your favorite takeout. He might surprise you by hiring someone to clean your place. Maybe he’ll do little things even when you are not busy – take your car for an oil change, for example. This is probably a man who loves you and one you will want in your life now and in your future.

10. He Makes Definite Future Plans with You

We are not talking about next week here. Suppose he has a bucket list that includes a trip to Italy next year. He has asked you to join him. Well now, that’s a boyfriend who sees you in his life for the long-term. Yes, he loves you. You must be certain that you feel the same before you say yes to something this far out in the future.

Also, he will reveal his innermost thoughts with you. We all have layers to our personalities. The innermost layer we tend to keep hidden from even our closest buddies and friends. If your boyfriend is sharing those intimate thoughts and true feelings about many things with you, it means he has full trust in you. A boyfriend who trusts you this much loves you.

11. You Are a Priority

Guys will show that their partner is a priority in their life in many different ways. If your guy does these things, he’s a “keeper:”

  • He loves spending time with you not doing much of anything – maybe you just sit around and talk; maybe each of you has brought stuff home from work or works from home, and you don’t talk – he is just physically with you and happy to be there
  • He worries about you when you are sick or feeling down and checks on your well-being often. He’ll pick up medicine, bring you food, and just go that extra mile – a sign of true affection
  • He tells his family and friends how he feels about you when you are in their presence
  • He calls just to hear your voice and says so
  • He wants your opinion before he makes a major purchase – car, furniture, etc.
  • Your happiness in the relationship is a critically important thing to him. He will re-arrange his schedule, will arrange dates that he knows you will love, will show up with meaningful gifts, will support your goals, and let you take the lead on how the relationship moves forward
  • He is willing and happy to attend events and activities with your family and friends. And he willingly re-arranges his own schedule if they happen when he has had previous plans
  • He forgives you when you have goofed, even though your being wrong has affected him

12. He May Get Jealous, But He’ll Stay Calm About It

So, a guy can get jealous just as much as a girl can. Guys are human too, after all. It may be a matter of your boyfriend being upset when another guy flirts with you at a bar or other gathering. The important thing, though, is how a person deals with it.

He may very well express his own feelings of jealousy to you, and he may ask you to respond differently to future overtures by other men. It’s a matter of ego, but think about it this way. How would you feel if other women flirted with your guy when you were out somewhere?

If he expresses his opinion about that flirting episode firmly but with a calm demeanor, this is a pretty good sign that he is in control of his emotions. That is a good thing for any relationship.

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How Did He Do?

If you’ve been through this list and taken a full look at your guy’s behavior, what’s your verdict? Is he the first person you can trust that much? Is your relationship as good as all these signs show? Or is something wrong on a regular basis and you need that big conversation to clarify your feelings? You’re the one to decide.

If, in fact, he has met most of these criteria, it’s a pretty good sign that you man truly loves you. If you feel the same about him, congratulations – you have what promises to be a “happily ever after.”

Love&Sex Expert
Cherie Hamilton
I’ve always been inspired by women who are outgoing, very sure of themselves, and not afraid to be who they were, including their sex lives. Under their tutelage, I gradually shed my old self, hung out and socialized with them, and, over time, became the empowered, self-confident, and sexual woman I am today. Happy to share my insights with other women today!
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