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When To Say “I Love You” In a Romantic Relationship: Good Things Utah

New romantic relationships can be exhilarating and joyful, especially as things progress emotionally. You may even be thinking those three little words, but how do you know when you should say them to your partner? Here are some signs that it is a good time to say “I love you:”

  • When the Other Person’s Happiness Is As Important As Yours
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    New love can feel flirty and giddy, but saying “I love you” is about more than just having butterflies; it means that the well-being of your partner is a priority for you.
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  • When Your Partner Has Demonstrated Loving Actions
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    Have you felt cared for, respected, and served by the other person in the relationship? Now may be the time to say it!
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  • When You Just Can’t Help It
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    Sometimes you’re just bursting with joy and can’t help but express your feelings! If the relationship is going well and you’ve been cultivating those tender feelings, don’t hold them back.
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  • When It Feels Safe Enough
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    Love is a risk, and it’s vulnerable to put yourself out there. Someone worthy of your love makes you feel safe enough to open your heart.
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  • When Saying “I Like You” Feels Untrue
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    It may be time to say those three little words when “I like you” no longer does justice to how much you care for your partner.
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If you’d like to learn more about how to use communication skills to grow closer in relationships, check out my book “The Assertiveness Guide For Women.” 

 

 

About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to KSL TV's Studio 5, and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available.

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