How to Tell if a Girl Likes You

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Are you her dream partner? | Ethan Robertson/

Life would be a lot simpler if women were like large print books — easy to read. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. And if you’re in the dating world, it’s particularly difficult to know whether a girl likes you simply as a friend or if she’s interested in more.

Girls sometimes communicate in very subtle ways: a coy smile, a hair flip, and other small gestures. Yes, it would make more sense for girls to simply use words to let you know whether they’re into you or not. But since that’s not happening any day soon, it’s up to you to study up on female communication styles. This will make it much easier for you to know for sure if she’s trying to tell you that you’re her dream partner.

This may sound complicated, but it’s really not. There are very specific things a girl will do if she likes you. All you need to do is be present and observe. Before you know it, you’ll be an expert on the intricacies of female communication and you’ll be able to tell when you should pursue things with that special lady.

Here are 10 signs that the girl you’re hanging out with really likes you.

1. She laughs at your jokes

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Big laugh is a winner | William Stitt/

One way to get to a girl’s heart is through her funny bone. When a girl is into you, she will laugh at everything you say. That means funny jokes, bad jokes, and unintentional jokes. In fact, if you tell a really bad joke, she’ll still make an effort to give you a little chuckle and a smile to keep things light. Girls enjoy playfulness so any time you make her laugh you’re tugging on her heartstrings.

2. She makes physical contact

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Couple enjoying drinks on a date | Davila

When a girl likes you, she can’t keep her hands to herself. She’ll always make sure to give you a hug at the beginning and end of every date. She’ll find ways to make sure her hand grazes your hand or arm. When she’s laughing she might lightly place her hand on your arm, shoulder, or leg. If you’re at a bookstore looking at a book, she’ll lean in closer to you. The more she likes you, the more she’ll want to be physically close to you.

3. She blushes in your presence

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A beautiful smile hides her blushing |

Some girls get a little anxious or shy when they are around a person they like. This can often cause them to blush. If you notice that the girl you’re interested in is red-faced in your presence, it’s probably not because of the hot weather. It’s the fact that she likes you and feels a little clumsy as she tries not to make it too obvious.

4. She comes to you for advice

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Your advice matters to her | Ammentorp Lund

Are you the first person she calls when she needs help brainstorming solutions for a problem? Does she ask you to teach her about a subject that you’re passionate about? Does she rely on you to recommend the latest TV show to watch or book to read? No matter how big or small, if she always takes your advice to heart and acts on it, then she definitely likes you. It means that she sees you as someone she can rely on and she wants to connect with you by experiencing the things you like.

5. She makes eye contact

Couple making eye contact

Direct eye contact speaks volumes |

When a girl is captivated by you, she won’t have eyes for anything or anyone else. You could be in a large room with noisy music and lots of action around you, and she’ll keep her eyes solely on you. She will hold your gaze for an extended period of time in an attempt to connect with you. It’s worth noting that in the early stages of knowing someone, some girls are nervous and will actually look away. But once she starts feeling comfortable with you, you’ll be irresistible to her and she’ll go for eye contact and extended gazes every chance she gets.

6. She listens attentively

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She listens to every word to show her affection | Radojevic

When you spend time with a girl, if she’s not replying to incoming text messages, flipping through a magazine, or looking around to see who else she knows in a room, then she definitely likes you. You’ve grabbed her attention and she’s decided that she doesn’t want to miss a single word you say. She’d rather postpone replying to incoming messages and give you her full attention. She respects you and doesn’t want to insult you by not giving you her full attention.

7. She asks questions

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Questions are a positive sign |

The more she’s into you, the more she will ask questions and want to know about your life. She’ll be curious about more than just your work and education. She’ll want to know about your family, your childhood, your favorite memories, your dreams and aspirations for the future. Since she wants to be part of your future, she’ll want to understand more about every aspect of you so that she can help you build your vision for the future.

8. She makes you a priority

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When you need her, she’s there | iStock

If you need help at the last minute, does she find a way to change her plans and be there for you? Does she take the time to make a home-cooked meal when you two hangout? Does she offer to get you a glass of water when you complain about being thirsty? If you’re facing health or financial issues, does she give her time, money, or knowledge in an effort to help you? Then you can bet she really likes you, wants to take care of you, and wants you to know it.

9. She trusts you with personal information

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She trusts you with her deepest thoughts |

If she opens up to you about very personal things that she wouldn’t share with others, then she trusts you and wants you to know her better. She knows that you are reliable and she feels comfortable opening up to you. She feels safe in your presence and doesn’t think twice about sharing her innermost thoughts with you.

10. Her body faces you

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She leans in when she’s interested |

If she turns her body in your direction, or crosses her legs towards you, she’s giving you a hint that she likes you. It’s a sign that she’s comfortable around you and wants to open up to you. Even when you’re sitting face to face, if she leans forward, bringing her upper body further in your direction, it’s another indicator that she’s opening up to you.