The 5 Love Languages is a popular theory developed by Dr. Gary Chapman. The book about love languages has been around since the early 1990s and it refers to the five ways we express love for each other. Knowing which love language your partner speaks is essential for better communication in your couple. Here is how to identify your partner’s love language!
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1. Words of affirmation
Words of affirmation are probably the most verbal love language there is. When your partner’s love language is words of affirmation, you will often hear how he or she feels about you. It’s not just the coveted “I love you” declaration of feelings, but also compliments, promises, and everything that makes the relationship flourish. These days, when we have more means of communication than ever, words of affirmation are often exchanged not only face-to-face, but also via text messages, emails, and sometimes even social media posts.
2. Physical touch
There is a significant part of people who are very physically affectionate. Their love language is physical touch. The first thing your mind jumped to here is probably intimacy, but while sex is important for those people, as it is for most people in a relationship, it’s not the only type of physical touch they crave. They also enjoy giving and receiving hugs, kisses, massages, and even holding hands with their partner. Hugging them while sleeping or caressing their back can instantly make them feel loved.
3. Gift giving
For some couples, exchanging gifts only seems like a good idea when there is a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary. For others, gift giving is the primary love language they speak with their partner. Gifts don’t need to be big or expensive in order to delight your partner. It’s the thought and the effort that counts the most. Giving something your partner has always wanted, even when it’s small and perfectly affordable, is going to please them more than anything in the world if their love language is gift giving.
4. Acts of service
There are many people in the world who don’t consider declarations of love or physical touch to be an effective love language, or they may be simply too busy for it. To them, the perfect love language is acts of service. They will always find the time to help their partner. If your partner’s love language is acts of service, the best way for you to express your love is to help them with any daily task, whether it’s cooking dinner or taking the kids to school. However, it’s important not to go overboard and start doing everything instead of them.
5. Quality time
In this day and age, when you both have so much on your plate, spending quality time together regularly can be difficult. However, for many people, quality time is their main love language. It means that they crave their partner’s attention and it’s the only way they can feel loved. If your partner uses quality time as their main love language, it’s essential to spend some time every day when there’s just the two of you. You can watch a movie, exercise, or talk about your day over a glass of wine. The important thing here is to not let anything distract you.
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