1. Your feelings don't fade
One sign that this is more than a crush: "Your feelings don't dissipate over time but get stronger and deeper," says Irina Firstein, LCSW. So basically, if you've been feeling this way about your special person for a looong time, it's definitely possible that you're in love.
2. You give them your full attention
If you love somebody, odds are you give them your undivided attention, says Sadie Allison, PhD, a sex educator and founder of GoLove CBD lube. You shouldn't find it hard to stay in the conversation or keep eye contact.
3. You talk about everything when you're together
It's easy to brush aside the deeper stuff when you've only got a crush on that certain someone. But when it comes to love? Those conversations can be deep, explains Allison. "You're interested in knowing what makes them tick, their dreams and passions, their background, family, and upbringing." (Related: Take This Couples Quiz To See How Well You Know Your Partner)
6. You've lost interest in dating others
Being in love means you may lose interest in dating other people. "You're starting to find your other former 'backup' crushes less alluring," says Allison. So yeah, if you've only got eyes for your bae, your feelings may be deeper than just a crush.
7. Even chores are super fun
You know how things like grocery shopping or stopping for gas are super interesting when you're with your S.O.? Yeah, well, that's a sign of being in love. "You like doing simple things together: running errands, going for a run, cooking dinner," explains Allison. "Their company alone is enough to make the time enjoyable." Awww.
8. You want to introduce them to your fam
If you've been dying to introduce this person to your family, it's clear that you've got more than just a little crush, says Allison. Feeling comfortable having them around your parents, family members, and friends is seriously a major step, especially if you're keen on inviting them to holidays. "You don’t want important moments to pass without them involved," Allison explains.
9. Helping them is a priority for you
"If you're interested in helping with everyday life situations like obliging a request for feedback on their resume or partnering up on a volunteer project together, then you're clearly connecting beyond the realm of just chemistry," says Carmichael. So while that initial spark is important, you've gotta want to be more involved, too.
10. Consistency is key
Building true romantic chemistry takes lots of time, says Carmichael. "In the long run, most people find that true, lasting chemistry is created through having a partner who continually shows up in a loving way. It's less exciting on the surface because it feels predictable and safe," she explains. But in the long run, these kinds of slow-paced feelings lead to fireworks later, like marriage proposals and creating lifelong dreams as a couple.
11. There's no playing 'hard to get'
"You don't feel safe enough to invest in a crush or hook-up," explains Allison. "These relationships tend to be more about playing 'hard to get' and less about a real, raw connection." Totally done with the games? Then you might just be in love.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.