Sometimes it’s hard to read your date. Especially if you have been out of the dating game for a while or you naturally aren’t so good at reading people. So how would you know if your date is going well? And chances are, you’re probably not going to come right out and ask on the very first date if they’re feeling it as much as you are. The good news is, there is actually a way to figure it out without having to ask — body language. To decode some of that, Ideal Introductions Matchmaker and Relationship Expert Linda Prescott reveals some body language cues to look out for.
Your Date Leans In
You don’t have to be a body language expert to notice this. If your date keeps on leaning in toward you, chances are they are interested in you and what you have to say. Leaning in is a nonverbal way of telling you they’re interested and engaged. However, if they pull back, it could mean the opposite.
Their Pupils Dilate Wider Than Usual
Studies have shown that our pupils dilate wider than usual when we’re excited about something or someone. So if your date’s pupils dilate when they look at you, they’re totally liking what they see.
Dilating pupils are also tied to plain old sexual arousal itself, whether you’re watching something or somebody sexy.
Points Their Feet Towards You
Wondering if your date is into you? Check under the table! According to body language expert Vanessa Van Edwards, “When the feet are pointed directly toward another person, this is a sign of attraction, or at the very least, genuine interest.” When you’re into someone, your body will naturally tend to line up with each other.
They’ll Hold Lingering Eye Contact
If your date holds their eye contact longer than usual, they’re telling you they are interested in more than friendship. Long periods of eye contact can connect you to someone. According to Scientific American, research has shown people who hold eye contact reported increased feelings of passionate love and affection towards the other person.
Using body language to show you’re interested
When on a date, try to keep your body language open and relaxed. If you’re interested in your date, try to mirror them by leaning forward at the same time or picking up your glass at the same time. This will make your date subconsciously feel that you are in sync with them.