It’s funny how three words can be so hard to say. It’s easy enough to say, “I like you,” or “you’re the best,” but when we add the word “love” into the mix, suddenly our tongues are tied. Saying “I love you” is a big deal for most and not just when referring to a love interest. Many people have a hard time saying it to friends and family too. These three words make us feel vulnerable because we’re so afraid of not hearing it back or looking foolish. But these three simple words are powerful and should be said freely. If you feel something for someone, whether it be a significant other or a family member you haven’t seen in a while, saying “I love you” is a great way to express your true feelings. For all of you out there still unsure about squeaking out these few words, here are 15 reasons why you should.
15 Take A Chance
So you’re holding back on saying “I love you” to that special someone because you’re terrified they won’t say it back. The mere thought of releasing these three simple words out into the word paralyzes you with fear. Well, it’s time to get over it. Take a chance and say the words. What’s the worst that can happen? That they don’t love you back? Oh well. You’ll move on. Living your life in fear is no way to live. Life is all about taking chances and learning from everyday occurrences. And who knows, you might even be surprised at the other person’s response.
14 No Regrets
You don’t want to live your life having regrets and maybe not saying “I love you” to someone might be a regret you won’t be able to live with. What if you stay mute for years and never get to tell him how you feel? And then what if he marries a woman and has kids, and you’re left home alone on a Saturday night dreaming about the day you wished you said your true feelings. While it can be scary to be honest, it shouldn’t keep you from saying what you feel. You’ll never know unless you try, so go ahead give it a shot and see what happens.
13 Get Out Of The Friend Zone
Want to get out of the friend zone? Tell the person you love them. That will set things straight pretty quick. If you have been harboring an uncontrollable love for your best friend for years and can’t stand to be thought of as a buddy anymore, tell them how you really feel. Now. There’s no better time than the present. Being honest about your feelings will not help you feel more confident, but may even get you what you want. And your friend will finally be able to see you for what you are: a sexy, cool girl that’s anything but just a friend.
12 You Can’t Imagine Living Life Without Them
Sure, you’re an independent girl doing her thing and living her life, but when it comes down to it, you’d really hate not having that one special person to share it with. You know, that person you want to call when you’ve had a bad day, or want to cuddle up on the couch to watch a bad horror flick. This is the one person in your life that you just can’t live without so why wouldn’t you want to tell them how you feel? Why not say, “I love you” so they know just how important they are to you?
11 You Can Be Weird Together
There’s nothing like finding that one person who you can completely be yourself around. Someone who doesn’t judge you for your flaws or your total weirdness. Once you find this person it’s hard not to want to tell them you love them every single second you are together. They make you happy because they get you. They know you have a secret obsession for lame cat videos and don’t care. In fact, they like it. Feed into it even, by going out of their way to find the silliest felines doing the stupidest things. If that isn’t a reason to say, “I love you,” nothing is.
10 Because What If You Never See Them Again...
Could you imagine if you never saw that special someone again and therefore never got a chance to say, “I love you”? What if you hold back from saying it and that person moves far away? Then what? You should always live each day like it’s your last because you want to get the most out of your life. You want to feel fulfilled and excited for each day you are given on this planet. So why wouldn’t you feel the same way about that special person in your life? So in the words of Meghan Trainor, love them like you’re gonna lose them.
9 They Make You Happy
The minute you hang out with this person, you are gitty. No scratch that. You don’t even have to be hanging out with them. Just the thought of seeing them puts a smile on your face. It makes your heart flutter with anticipation of being in their company. Aww, love. How sweet it is. So if a person can do all of this to you by not even actually being there in your company, why wouldn’t you want to tell them how you feel? And by saying, “I love you” might even make you feel even happier. Imagine that.
8 You Just Got Out Of A Fight
So the two of you had it out with each other. Big time. Arms were flailing, spit was flying. It was a mess. But after a few curse words were thrown around out there, you both apologize and put down your swords. The battle is done and over, and the two of you are exhausted. And honestly, you can’t even really remember what the fight was even about. It was that ridiculous. Now is a good of a time as any to tell the other person you love them. Saying it after a big blow out will help bring you guys back together again and realize all that silly stuff is just, well, silly.
7 You’re Not Good At Expressing Yourself
Some people are really terrible at trying to express themselves. They want to be able to tell someone how they feel, but they just can’t. It’s too hard to get the right words out. Well, why not make it easy on yourself and simply say three words that will do the job perfectly? Saying “I love you” is the easiest way to express your feelings toward someone you truly care about. Instead of trying to write a romantic poem or list off all the reasons you are so into this person, simply stating “I love you” does the job quickly and efficiently.
6 Brighten Someone’s Day
You obviously shouldn’t say “I love you” just to make someone happy. You need to really feel it in order to want to say it. So if you do, why not express it? Tell the person how much you love them and see how it brightens their day. And it doesn’t just have to be a romantic love interest. Call your mom and tell her how much you love her just for the sake of it. Or text your best friend who moved away how much she means to you even though you’re miles apart.
5 Your Heart Skips A Beat When You Are Together
Does your stomach flip when you are with this particular person? Does your heart flutter? If you are experiencing these signs, chances are you are experiencing being in love. And the fact that you haven’t already said, “I love you” to this special person in your life shows you definitely have self control. However, now it’s time to give in. After months of having your heart skip a beat and dizziness wash over you, finally tell them how much you love them. Just think what your heart will do once they say it back to you.
4 Want To Keep Love Alive
Many times, couples say “I love you” only in the beginning of their relationships and not as much as time goes on. It’s not that they don’t love them anymore, but they have reached that comfort zone where they know the love is there without expressing it. That's fine and all, but it still needs to be said. Saying these three words to each other is important at every stage of the relationship because it helps keep the love and intimacy alive. Expressing these words allows the couple to reconnect with one another. So if you haven’t said, “I love you” to your partner in a while, do your relationship a favor and say it today.
3 You’ll Feel Closer
Sure, the beginning stage of the relationship is totally fun. You are both happy, excited and unsure of where this little song and dance is going. But once you reach that stage where the two of you are in love (without any doubt), the relationship is so much stronger. And not only that, but the two of you feel incredibly closer. After those three words are said to each other, it’s like the two of you are part of a team where you’re the only players. It’s like a secret club you two are part of and won’t allow anyone else in. Feeling this close to a person is one of the best reasons to say, “I love you”.
2 It’s Perfect Timing
The two of you have been dating for a while and are both talking about the future - with both of you in it. You play footsie under the table while ogling each other over lattes and know that the other person feels the same as you do. You’re both in love and want to express that to each other, but fear gets in the way. Don’t listen to it. You know the other person feels the same by the way he stares at your from across the room; like you’re the only one for him. Now is the perfect time in the relationship to be honest about your feelings and tell him you love him.
1 You Feel Like You’ll Burst If You Don’t
Every time you are around this person you can’t help but want to scream how much you love them. How much you love spending time with them. It’s like a drug that keeps you going. It’s so intense that you feel like you’ll burst if you don’t spit it out already. So go ahead. Spill it. Tell the person how you feel about them. Say those magical three words and see what happens. Not only will you finally know whether they feel the same way about you, but your insides will be able to finally calm down, leaving you feeling a bit less frazzled.