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So, you think you’re ready to say “I love you.”
First of all, congratulations on finding someone you see as having real potential. That in and of itself is a big deal. And the fact that you think you’re falling in love? It’s an even bigger deal. (No pressure or anything.)
There’s no magic length of time after which it becomes appropriate to say those three words, but saying it does require a certain level of comfort within the relationship. You need to get past the fleeting feelings of lust and longing, because being in love is about knowing someone inside and out—and loving them fully, regardless.
And because that connection goes beyond being able to recall generic basics (like where she works and what street she lives on), match.com dating expert Whitney Casey suggests a simple self-test to decide whether or not you’re truly ready to spill your feelings. Ask yourself:
If you answered three of those questions with a resounding “yes,” then you’re on the right path to saying “I love you.” That said, however, Casey has a few rules to keep in mind as you prepare to profess your feelings.
People too often say things they don’t mean right after doing the deed, so the bedroom is not the place to divulge those three little words for the first time.
You may not remember it if you’re drunk—and it’s hardly romantic, man.
Keeping it simple lets her know you’re 100-percent serious about her, evoking a certain straightforward, no-BS tact women crave. Your rent-out-the-stadium-Jumbotron moment can wait. “Make sure the setting is intimate,” Casey says.
“The word should come from the heart, not the head,” Casey says. The fact that you mean it, not how you say it, matters most. Keep that in the back of your mind at all times, and you’re good to go.