I have been with my partner for just over a year now (excluding the 3 month break we had due to personal reasons) and for a while now I've been biting my tongue about dropping the L bomb. A lot of times I've nearly said it and refrained, as I feel it's either not the right situation, I'm scared that he won't say it back, or scared of his reaction. Or all of them. >.<
At first, I didn't want to say anything because I wanted to make sure that I really did 100% love him, but it's become pretty clear that I do. He means the world to me, and I appreciate all he has ever done for/does for me, and all that he is. He is my very best friend and my lover, he makes me happier than ever before. He makes me smile even when I feel like it's the end of the world, and he completes me. He is truly beautiful, inside and out, and I really do adore him with everything I've got. He is who I want to create a future with and spend the rest of my life with.
So, how do I tell him that I love him?
I know this may sound like a really stupid question, but I'm just worried because he was a really reserved and not emotional guy before I came along, he has opened up a lot since being with me and I hope he feels the same way. But, I just want it to be really nice and sweet and for him to see that I do really mean it. I'm a hopeless romantic, and he, not so much. How do I find a balance?
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When you're both happy.
Maybe after having a laugh, the mood is relaxed and you have that little "high" feeling from the laugh. Semi-quietly say, "I love you". Keep eye contact with him when you say it.
Don't have to, but a personal suggestion would be to say it with a 'soft smile'.