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Is That Harmless Flirtation Something More? Here’s How to Tell

No matter how committed to that special someone you are, the fact is, flirting feels good. And believe it or not, a little harmless flirting probably won’t hurt your relationship. Just because your heart belongs to your other half doesn’t mean you’re no longer yourself.

That being said, beginning an ongoing flirtation with someone else is risky business, especially if your current relationship feels stagnant. So how can you tell if your “harmless crush” is actually harmless? Typically, when it isn’t, there are signs.

Don’t panic: Some flirting can be healthy (really)

Two friends catch up over drinks.

Two friends catch up over drinks. Someone checking you out? That’s enough to amp up your confidence. | Antonio Guillem/iStock/Getty Images

No one loves the thought of their partner flirting with someone else, even innocently. But playful interactions are human nature, and unless people never leave home, they’re bound to meet people at work, the gym, or social events who they enjoy talking to. Having a charismatic conversation with someone else not only reminds you of how attractive you are, but it can also make you appreciate your current partner more. Most logical people know that the grass isn’t actually greener on the other side, and they’re happy to go home to the one they love.

But how can you tell if you’re crossing a line? Here are five signs you may be headed for relationship trouble:

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