Receiving gifts love language isn't necessarily materialistic. It just means that a meaningful or thoughtful gift makes your partner feel loved and appreciated. Something as simple as picking up a pint of their favorite ice cream or chocolate after a long work week can make a huge impact. Even a flower can go a long way.
The right gift can show your partner that you listen and understand them, making them feel loved and appreciated.
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The Words of Affirmation love language expresses love with words that build your partner up and make them feel appreciated. Verbal compliments don't have to be complicated; the shortest and simplest praises can be the most effective.
"That dress looks incredible on you!"
"You always make me laugh."
"I love your hair today."
"I'm lucky to have you"
The Physical Touch love language can often be confused for purely being sexual. But in fact, it is more about intimacy. To people with this love language, nothing is more impactful than the physical touch of their partner. Some feel more connected and safe in a relationship by holding hands, kissing, cuddling, hugging, etc.
If Physical Touch is your partner's primary love language, they will feel unloved without physical contact. They want to feel you close by, not just emotionally but physically. All of the words and gifts in the world won't change that.
Your partner might have the Acts of Service as their primary love language if their motto is "Actions speak louder than words."
This love language focuses on specific actions that show you care and understand your partner. Cooking a meal, doing the laundry, and picking up their prescription on your way home from work are all acts of service. They require thought, time, and effort.
You should do all these acts with positivity. Doing something purely out of obligation or with a negative tone will not mean as much and can even sometimes hurt your partner.
This love language is all about undivided attention. No smartphone or any distractions. If this is your partner's primary language, he/she will want to be the center of your attention.
This doesn't mean that you can't curl up on the couch to watch Netflix or HBO; it just means that you need to make sure to dedicate time together without all of the distractions.
Every time you cancel a date, postpone time together or aren't present during your time together, it can be exceedingly hurtful to your partner as it can make them feel like you care more about other things or activities than them.
Sometimes it can be hard to understand our partners. They do say opposites attract, but at times, it can feel like they are from a different planet! So how do we really connect with them if they are so different?
That's where the 5 Love Languages can have such a powerful impact on your relationship.
Many couples have reached a cozy state of companionship. The humdrumness of life affects the long-term relationship.
It is not uncommon to lose the 'fire' and is unrealistic to expect consistency.
Though love, sex, and intimacy do fluctuate over our lifetimes, there are several possible ways to reconnect with your partner and rekindle the relationship.
The 5 Love Languages is the concept, from Dr. Gary Chapman, that there are five different ways of communicating love.
The 5 Love Languages are:
People express love differently, and they have different ways they want to receive love. So, some of these languages may speak more to us than others.
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