9 Signs He’s Actually Flirting & Not Just Being Nice

Decoding guy behavior is an art that takes patience and practice to master, but it pays off — eventually, you’ll be able to immediately figure out what’s up with pretty much any man you come across. There’s one gray area, though, and that’s when you can’t figure out whether or not a guy likes you, or whether he’s just being friendly. If he’s doing any of the following, he’s probably having feelings that are more than platonic:

He makes constant eye contact that lingers.

 Looking someone in the eye when you’re talking to them is only polite, but if his gazes linger long enough for you to notice but just short of being creepy, he’s probably feeling more than a little flirty. If he looks at you as if you’re the only woman in the room, you can pretty much guarantee he’s feeling you.

He can’t stop smiling whenever you’re around. 

Even the most confident guy will show hints of nervousness when a woman they’re into catches him looking intently at her. Notice how he can’t help but grin the moment you see him checking you out? If he smiles and maybe even blushes a little, that’s a positive.

He goes out of his way to talk to you. 

It might not always be convenient for a guy to sit down for a deep and meaningful convo with you, but if he’s determined to have a little chat whenever possible, even if it’s short, then he’s obviously interested in getting to know you better.

He seems pretty interested in your relationship status. 

Why would he even be trying to find out if you’ve got a boyfriend if he’s not even remotely interested in possibly being yours? Wake up, girl! It’s his not so subtle way of saying “I’m into you!”

He constantly teases you, but never in a mean way. 

Guys have carried on the whole “make fun of girls we actually really like” playground game well into adulthood. It’s kind of annoying, but there’s no bite behind it, and you can tell that he’s not actually trying to be rude about it. Being able to laugh at yourself and your S.O. is a good thing, so this could be a good sign.

He kinds of loses it when he finds out how much your hobbies and life goals mesh. 

Hearing how you’ve seen Jay-Z live more times than you can remember and how long distance running is your way of life makes him way too happy. You’ve just confirmed to him that you’ve got even more in common than he initially thought, which makes you super compatible.

He’s obviously trying to impress you. 

Guys have been hardwired to do everything in their power to impress women who catch their eye in the hopes of getting their attention. If he starts bragging about his car, how much he can bench press, or how quickly he’s climbing the ladder at work, he might seem like an egomaniac. While that’s possible, it’s also super likely that he’s just trying to guarantee your interest.

He treats you completely different than he does anyone else. 

Notice how he immediately loses his composure and becomes a nervous wreck when you’re around? It’s probably because he’s aware of your presence and doesn’t want to screw up in front of you. Aw, isn’t that cute?

He gives you those light, flirty touches here and there. 

He may lean in, touch your arm while you’re engaged in a convo, give you bear hugs, or let his hand touch yours longer than usual. Any of this is a guaranteed sign that he’s not just being nice but actually flirting with you, so keep your eyes (and your heart) open!

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