7 Simple Ways to Make a Lasting Impression on Your Crush

If your crush isn't someone you get to interact with on a daily basis, you have to make your shared moments with them really count.

That's not always easy if you're shy or afraid of coming on too strong, and sometimes there can be a fine line between going totally unnoticed and scaring them off.

Lucky for all of us, there's a middle ground, and it's possible to leave a lasting impression without being remembered for all the wrong reasons. Following these seven simple steps will help.

Be Warm and Kind

As much as it might seem that mean girls get all the attention, you're better off killing your crush with kindness. Keeping a smile on your face whenever they're around can brighten their day, too, and they'll quickly associate you with kindness and good vibes. You probably don't want to be remembered as a complainer or a pessimistic person, so try to keep things positive to leave the best impression. You should try to leave every conversation with your crush feeling like you made their day better. They might even start to associate you with happy emotions and not be able to wait until they can spend time with you again.

Lara Jean and Peter at the end of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

(To All the Boys I've Loved Before via Netflix)


Be Attentive

It feels good when you feel like someone is really listening to you, so whenever your crush is talking, let them know you're paying attention. Your first instinct might be to pretend to not care that much in order to play it cool, but that might backfire and make them think you find them boring. Ignore that impulse and give them the space to speak their mind, and when you have an opening, be sure to make your own contribution to the conversation, too.


Don't Be Clingy

We get that you probably enjoy spending lots of time with your crush, but you shouldn't overwhelm them by trying to be with them constantly, either. Giving them a little bit of space shows that you're independent and not too clingy, and it also gives them an opportunity to miss you. Some time apart can help them cherish moments with you even more and get them to seek out time spent with you. That said, make yourself available if they want to spend time with you. That's always a good sign.


Be Memorable

This might sound obvious, but you're more likely to make an impression if there's something about you that differentiates you from the crowd. You should never lie to your crush, and you don't want to be too boastful, but if there's something about you that you think will stick in your crush's mind in a good way, don't be afraid to share it with them. Divulging a little bit about yourself will help them build different associations, and maybe the next time they watch your favorite sport or hear your favorite band, they'll think of you, too.


Smell Great

Our brains work in mysterious ways, so sometimes scents can create really powerful connections with our memories. If you know you're going to be talking to your crush, try spritzing yourself with a light but delicious-smelling fragrance that isn't too overpowering. Not only is it important to smell good, but they'll also start connecting that scent with your presence. That way, if they smell it when you aren't around, you'll immediately come to their mind.

Looney Tunes: Pepe le Pew perfume

(Looney Tunes via Warner Bros. Pictures)


Be Assertive

Unless your crush is instinctively drawn to you, it'll be really hard to catch their attention if you never talk to them. As much as you might want to keep your feelings under wraps, acting too shy and bashful around them will create a situation where there are few opportunities for you to shine. Look for organic opportunities to strike up a conversation with them to get things going. Making the first move will cement you in their minds and make them take notice.


Be Yourself

With all of that said, the last thing you want to do is try too hard. Authenticity can be even more eye-catching than a warm smile or an impressive story. Don't be afraid to have different likes and opinions from your crush, and keep things real with them. You can't go wrong with speaking your mind and being your true self—and if they don't like you for you, that's their loss.


(Aladdin via Buena Vista Pictures)


An occasional text to your crush doesn't hurt, either. Click HERE for our favorite text messages to send your crush to keep them interested.