Men aren't the open books that women tend to be when it comes to their feelings. Most men are very prudent about keeping what they feel under wraps. There isn't a man around who wants to tell a woman he loves her before he's certain he's going to hear the same sentiment in return. That's why it's often frustrating for a woman to know exactly where she stands in her relationship. She has to read between the lines of what her guy says and she has to take hints from his behavior. There are tips that can help further your understanding of whether he's ready to take the relationship to the next level. Once you can recognize the signs he wants something serious you can then take comfort in knowing that the emotional connection you feel for him is mutual.
One of the most obvious signs he wants something serious is his interest in other women will vanish. No longer will you catch him stealing a glimpse at a pretty girl as she walks by and he won't want to date anyone else. He may even say as much by suggesting you two date exclusively. You'll be the only woman for him and he'll ensure you know that.
You can always tell when a man is thinking of something serious by the amount of time he's investing in the relationship. If he's hot in pursuit of you during all his free time, take that as a compliment. You're his priority and there's nowhere in the world he'd rather be than someplace with you.
Does your guy talk about the future quite a bit? There's a shift in the way a man thinks when he really starts falling for a woman. He'll start to seriously consider where his life is headed. He'll likely talk to you about this and he'll speak in terms of the future as it relates to the two of you together, not just him.
Also, don't overlook the way he looks at you. A man who is smitten with a woman and begins to see her as a life partner, will look at her differently. He'll stare into her eyes and look as though he's lost in them. You'll even catch him looking your way when you two are in a crowded room. For a man in love, everyone falls by the wayside when he's thinking about his life with the woman he adores.