If a girl recently called you sweetheart then you might be wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will help you understand why she might have called you sweetheart and why other girls might do it as well in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl calls you sweetheart? If she says it to other people then it would likely be a natural term of endearment that she uses. If she only says it to you then she might be showing that she likes you if she also shows signs of attraction in her body language around you.

Since there are actually a number of reasons why she might have called you sweetheart and it would be helpful to consider the context of how she said it and the body language that she showed.

Why a girl will call you sweetheart

Each of the different reasons why a girl will call you sweetheart will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she says it and the body language that she shows.

In the following sections, I’ll show you a number of reasons why a girl will call you sweetheart, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she called you sweetheart could be that she was showing that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she said it when she was alone with you, if she doesn’t say it to other people, if she is a similar age as you and if she shows positive body language around you that she doesn’t show around other people.

If she did call you sweetheart because she was showing attraction to you then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction in her body language and behavior.

These signs could include:

  • Mirroring your own body language
  • Touching you often and more than she touches other people
  • Giving you more attention than she does to other people
  • Asking you more questions than she does to other people
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Touching your feet with her feet
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Brushing her hair to the side when she is around you
  • Glancing at you then quickly looking away or smiling when you notice
  • Tilting her head when talking to you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Laughing a lot at the things that you say
  • Giggling with her friends while looking at you
  • Sitting or standing more upright when she notices you
  • Making plans based on yours
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you

She calls people sweetheart naturally

Sweetheart is a term of endearment that people will often naturally use when talking to another person. It could be the case that she naturally calls people sweetheart a lot and that she said it to you naturally.

This would be more likely if she also said it to other people as well, if she was a different age as you and if she was showing the same body language around you as she does around other people.

It could be the case that she does call people sweetheart naturally but she is also attracted to you. If that is the case then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction around you and that she would be a similar age to you.

She wants to be more than just friends

If she has been your friend for a while then the reason that she called you sweetheart could be that she wants to be more than just friends with you.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would show signs of attraction around you that she doesn’t show around her other friends. It would be especially likely that she would play with her hair a lot when talking to you, hold prolonged eye contact with you and that she would make plans based on yours.

She was being condescending

It could have been the case that she called you sweetheart because she was being condescending.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would have said it with a more sarcastic tone, in front of other people and when disagreeing with you.

If she was being condescending then it would be likely that she would have been condescending in other ways as well by doing things such as:

  • Smirking at you
  • Not taking your suggestions seriously
  • Not including you in discussions
  • Talking down to you

She’s in love

The reason that she called you sweetheart could be that she was showing that she loves you.

This would be more likely if she has been your girlfriend for a while or if she is a family member.

She’s trying to make you feel better

The reason that she called you sweetheart could be that she was trying to reassure you.

If that was the case then it would be more likely that you would have been talking to her about something that made you feel sad or that you were showing signs of being sad.

These signs could have included slouching, talking with a flat tone, being more quiet than normal, watery eyes and inhaling quickly through the nose.

It would also be likely that she would have done other things to reassure you such as to rub your back or arms.

Think about the type of relationship you have with her

When trying to understand why she called you sweetheart it would be helpful to consider the type of relationship that you have with her.

If she has been your friend for a while then it could be the case that she wants to be more than just friends with you. But, she could also have said it because she says it naturally or because she was showing that she considers you as a good friend. It would be helpful to consider if she says it to her other friends and if she shows the same body language with then as she does with you.

If she was a girl that you didn’t know very well then it would be more likely that she said it naturally. It could be the case that she was showing attraction to you but it would be necessary to see a number of other signs of attraction to be sure of it.

Consider when and where she called you sweetheart

The timing and location of when she called you sweetheart would also be a useful thing to consider.

If she called you sweetheart when you were alone with each other then it would make it more likely that she either says it naturally, was showing attraction to you or that she was trying to reassure you.

Whereas, if she said it why you were with other people it would be more likely that she either said it naturally or she was being condescending. It could still be the case that she said it for a different reason depending on how she said it and the body language she showed.

Consider how she interacts with other people

When trying to understand why she called you sweetheart it would be helpful to compare the way that she interacts with other people with how she interacts with you.

If she also tends to call other people sweetheart then it would be much more likely that she said it to you because she says it to people naturally. This would be especially likely if her body language and behavior is the same around you as with other people.

Whereas, if she only says it to you and her body language is different around you compared to when she is with other people then it would make it more likely she is attracted to you assuming that she changed it in a way that shows attraction.

Think about how she reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand why she called you sweetheart it would be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you.

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably showing a number of signs of attraction then it would make it more likely that she is attracted to you.

This means that if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Smiling and raising her eyebrows
  • Holding eye contact
  • Positioning herself to be nearer to you
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Brushing her hair to the side

Then it would be more likely that she would have called you sweetheart due to being attracted to you.

Look for a number of different body language signs

When trying to understand what her body language could have been suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple signs at the same time.

The reason for that is that she could have been showing a single body language sign for multiple different reasons making it difficult to accurately tell the exact reason for it.

Whereas, if she was showing a cluster of body language signs that all suggested the same thing then it would be more likely that she was showing them for that specific reason.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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