How to Tell Your Crush You Like Them Without Having to Say It

Telling your crush you like them takes a lot of courage.

Considering you have to be vulnerable and open with your emotions, it's often only the bravest among us who even attempt to admit their feelings to their crush.

But what if there was a way to get your point across without having that difficult conversation? Keep scrolling for our best tips on how to tell your crush you like them without having to say it.

1. Use Body Language

If you want to get the point across that you have feelings for someone without coming right out and saying it, using your body language is the next best solution. Making eye contact, leaning towards your crush when they talk and finding casual ways to touch them all communicate that you want to be a little closer than just friends. Your crush might not clue in right away, but eventually they'll start to realize that you're more physically friendly with them than you are with anyone else, which will likely alert them to your feelings.

Pretty Little Liars: Hanna and Caleb about to kiss

(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)


2. Employ Small Gestures

Ever heard of the phrase "actions speak louder than words?" Of course you have—and when it comes to telling your crush how you feel, this cliché definitely rings true. If you're too scared to come out and say it, you can use small gestures to show your crush just how much you care. Giving them little gifts, offering to help them with a difficult homework assignment and just generally being aware of their needs and doing your best to help them out is a perfect way to show them that you care. Not only does it help to slyly communicate your interest, it also shows that you'd be an attentive and supportive romantic partner. And isn't that what everyone is looking for anyway?


3. Make Them a Priority

When we say to make your crush a priority, we don't mean that you should choose them above any other activity or responsibility in your life. Instead, we simply mean that you should focus your attention on them, both when you're together and when you're not. Text them consistently, make an effort to stay close to them when you're hanging out, don't flirt with other people in front of them—all these small methods of prioritizing your crush will show that your feelings are a little deeper than friendship. They may take a little while to notice, but eventually they'll realize that your constant focus on them is backed by genuine emotion.

Aladdin: Jasmine and Aladdin on the flying carpet

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4. Orchestrate Hangouts

What's the point of having a crush if you never get to spend any time with them? Arranging hangouts with your love interest is the ultimate way to kill two birds with one stone—you make it clear that you're interested in them and you get to spend time bonding with them. It can be something as simple as an after school study sesh or something as elaborate as a Saturday night date night—it doesn't really matter. The point of orchestrating a hangout is making it clear to your crush that you want to spend time with them, just the two of you. It's a pretty unmistakable signal that you're interested, but it saves you from the potentially scary conversation about your feelings.


5. Show Them Support

Everyone likes to feel supported, and when you really care about someone it should be easy to provide the encouragement they crave. That makes showing your crush support a pretty easy way to communicate that you're interested in them. If they play a sport, attend their games and compliment them on their efforts. If they're interested in theater, make sure you go and see their performances. Basically, whatever activity your crush might like, make an effort to go to their events and give them your encouragement. You'll make them feel all warm and fuzzy and you'll show that you care about them enough to make time for the things they find important—it's a win-win.

Friday Night LIgts: Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity

(Friday Night Lights via NBC)


6. Remember the Small Stuff

There's nothing that communicates caring about someone quite like remembering the small details of their life and bringing them back up later. When you chat with your crush, make sure you really listen to everything they say—it should be pretty easy considering you have feelings for them. But then, make sure you bring up small details they mentioned later down the line. Remembering their favorite food, their siblings' names or their favorite color and letting know that you were listening is a great way to show that you care about them. It's sure to make them feel good, and it'll give them a clue that your feelings might run a little deeper than friendship.


7. Use Social Media

Ah, social media. While all our favorite apps offer a lot of opportunities for things to go wrong, they also offer an entirely new space for you to flirt with your crush. Liking their photos, responding to their stories and striking up a casual conversation over Instagram or Snapchat are all great ways to communicate that you're interested. It shows your crush that you want to talk to them, but it keeps you from having to come right out and admit your feelings. Plus, you might even grow closer if they show just as much interest in chatting with you, which will only be a good thing for your relationship.


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