What Are The 5 Love Languages?

We’ve all heard about the 5 love languages in magazines, on TV and from your neighbor down the street. Do you know what they are and how they relate to you and your relationship? We’re breaking down the 5 love languages and how you can integrate them into your relationship.

Words of Affirmation: This love language is all about using words to affirm your partner. Sayings like- “You mean the world to me,” “You are doing a great job balancing everything” and “I appreciate you” are all affirmations that can be used if your partner’s love language is words of affirmation.
Acts of Service: Actions speak louder than words for those whose love language is acts of service. Taking out the garbage, bringing the car for an oil change, or picking up the dry cleaning are all acts of service.
Receiving Gifts: We’re not talking about a new car or expensive shoes, though those are nice. Gifting is more about meaningful gifts that are unique to your partner. Example, last week your wife was talking about this book her friends were raving about at brunch. Purchase the book for your wife with a sweet note about how you remembered her talking about it.
Quality Time: It does not mean spending an evening together watching TV with both of you on your phone, it is all about undivided attention. If your significant other’s love language is quality time, schedule some time with them that will be uninterrupted, maybe a date night at home, or a nature walk.
Physical Touch: This one is pretty straightforward, some people require more physical contact than others. Physical touch can be  simple like holding your partner’s hand at dinner or giving a back massage. With this love language, it is about appropriate touch when wanted- it does not mean making out in the middle of a mall, nor explicit touch that may make your partner comfortable. If you are unsure, ask your partner for consent before touching them.

The 5 love languages are important to understand as we tend to show our love language to our partner, but sometimes fail to accommodate to their love language, which can lead to a disconnection in the relationship. To take your relationship to the next level, start practicing your partner’s love language, it will help to strengthen your bond together!

 

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