1. The Amount of Time It’s Been since Your Feelings Started
Studies show that if you still “like” a person after four months, you’re already in love. This is definitely one of the easiest ways for how to tell if it is love or like.
2. You’re Not Thinking about Anyone else
When you’re really in love, you can’t help but have only one person on your mind. No one else is allowed in, and it’s not even your fault. It just happens to be that no one else is worthy enough to think about.
3. You Feel Guilty when You do Think of Someone else
It’s not a crime. We’re human beings, so of course, we’re going to sort out our options. However, if you feel bad for doing so, you’re most likely in love.
4. Liking is Easy, Loving is Hard
Liking someone is easy to do because you know it’s just a crush, and you’ll move on eventually. When you love someone, you can’t even imagine being able to move on from them because you can’t see how you could ever be with someone else.
5. You Constantly Think about the Future
Sometimes we daydream about what it would be like to be with the person we like, but when we love someone, we tend to look out five or ten years from the present. And we like what we see.
6. Love is More than Lust
Liking someone has the tendency to turn into something a bit more on the “lust” side of things. And that’s not a term we should ever want to use. When you love someone, you love them purely. You love them for their heart and for their soul and not only because you want to take them to bed.
7. You Know Them Intimately
This isn’t to dispute the theory that you can fall in love the second you meet someone. Some of us have that intuition where we feel as though we’ve known a person for a lifetime the first minute we meet them. It’s as if we’ve always known them intimately. However, if you’re unsure of who that person really is, you can’t classify it as love just yet.
8. It’s More than Just Looks
You really, really know that you love someone when you don’t find them physically attractive but you love them anyway. That means you love them for who they are as a person, not just because they look good.
9. You Feel like You're Cheating by Trying to Be with Someone else
You see that the relationship you had in your head has remained...well, in your head. And you've gotten to the point where you want to explore other people out there, but your heart keeps calling you back to that one person.
10. Their Happiness Matters More than Yours
When you like someone, you want them for yourself and that’s the end of the story. However, when you’re in love with someone you care more about them being happy than you being happy.
11. Even if That Means They’re Happier with Someone else
Selfless behavior is a sure sign of being in love. If you know that you can’t make that person happy or that someone else can make them happier, you let them go. You might even encourage them to be with someone else. That is the ultimate sign of love that nothing else can top.