When Should You Say “I Love You”?

Do you remember the first time you told someone “I love you”? Looking back, what motivated you to say it at that exact moment? And, if you were to roll back the hands of time, would you pick the same time?

In this story for eHarmony Canada, I consider the question, “When is the right time to say “I love you”?

When Should You Say “I Love You” for the Very First Time

I remember the first time my husband told me, “I love you.” Rather than my heart exploding with joy, his words took me aback. I wasn’t ready for this pronouncement. After all, we had only known each other for a few weeks. Did he really love me or the thought of us being in love?  I wasn’t sure.


I’m a stickler for words. And when it comes to the word “love” I worry it has been diluted so much that we use it glibly. I can tell my husband: “I love this mystery novel”; “I love this strong espresso”; and, “I love you so much” in the same breath. Not that a good read or a shot of excellent caffeine isn’t right up there with true love – but still!

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