Chapman’s Five Love Languages

Author Gary Chapman developed the theory that there are five basic ways romantic partners give and receive love.

The five love languages are:

  1. Physical touch
  2. Quality time
  3. Acts of service, such as cooking a meal or cleaning the car.
  4. Words of affirmation, such as verbal praise, compliments, and expressions of love.
  5. Gift-giving ranging from small tokens to surprise deliveries.

The majority of us have one or two dominant love languages, but each of us speaks all five languages to some degree. By learning how to 'speak' each other's preferred love language, you're ensuring both of you feel supported and seen.

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If the gifts love language doesn't come naturally to you, you should still learn the language if your partner speaks it.

Look at things in your daily life from a gift-giving perspective. It doesn't have to be expensive, just little reminders that they're always on your mind. If you know someone who speaks gifts as their love language, then not getting them a gift on a special occasion would be very hurtful to them, as would approaching the gift-giving as more a chore than an opportunity.

We often speak the love language to our partners that we ourselves want to receive.

If your partner's love language is gifts, they'll put the item on display or wear it every day, But the surest way to find out if your partner's love language is gifts is to ask them.

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