It's a powerful phrase, but often, it's misused.
When you say "I love you" to someone, you should be ready for all that comes with that, as "love" is much more than just a word. The feeling it is associated with is delicate yet deep. And when you feel it, it's like reaching the top of the highest mountain.
But you want to be careful you don't mistake that initial climb, filled with a variety of emotions, with what's at the top. The beauty of falling for someone is the journey.
People are impatient, however, and want to jump the gun at the first feeling associated with love. But when your excitement over lust gets the best of you, you might find that what has only just begun between you and someone else quickly unravels.
It takes lots of trial and error until you really know when you love someone, but taking outside advice and letting it resonate before you make the big statement is essential. One of the best pieces of advice out there is sitting down with yourself and truly mulling over why you want to tell your partner you love them.
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This is what you need to ask yourself.
1. Does the love I feel extend beyond my feelings?
If you are a tad inexperienced in this field, you might think your emotions mean more than they really do. What you need to know is that what you're feeling is an indicator that you might be able to feel more in the future. Chemistry and connection are often confused with true love. Take your time and explore these initial emotions before you get carried away too quickly.
2. Will saying that you love them help the relationship?
Even if you feel it, sometimes it's just too early to say I love you. You may not be totally certain you're in love yet, and if you find yourself saying it, you could be wishing you didn't soon after. You could even scare your partner off and ruin a good thing.
However, you're not going to know when the right time is, so it's important to just go with your gut — just make sure it's an informed and wise one. Be smart just as much as you are emotionally involved. When you say "I love you," make sure you mean it.
3. Why am I choosing to say it?
No one does something just because they can, and that goes for why you feel the need to tell your partner that you love them. There's always a logic behind our decisions, whether we are immediately aware of it or not.
Are you telling your partner how you feel because it's something you simply want to say? Or is it because you are stressing over it and want to get it out of the way? Your reason might be selfish.
The best time to tell someone that you love them is when you think it needs to be heard. It's not just because that's how you feel, but because you know that by telling them, it will positively impact their life.
When did you figure out the right time to tell someone you love them?
Source: Elite Daily
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