Valentine’s Day is a day where we open our hearts and make every effort to shower people with our love. But for some, the open expression of love is a challenge. Each individual chooses to share their love in a different manner; some opt for gifts, while others may write poems to express their love.
It is important to understand the ways in which you like to receive love and it’s important to have an open conversation with your partner regarding the ways in which you like to receive love and the ways in which you show your love.
There is a book by Gary D. Chapman called The Five Love Languages. In this book, the author believes in the importance of being able to express your love in a way that is meaningful to you and in a way that your partner can understand.
Everyone expresses their emotions differently and has a different need when it comes to love. This book helps to identify yourself and your emotional need, i.e. Love Language. For example, my love language is Acts of Service; I choose to express my love through the act of doing something for someone else. If I were in a relationship with someone who needs Words of Affirmation to feel love, the relationship may be stressed because of the differences.
Understanding and knowing your Love Language provides you with a great opportunity to have an open discussion with your partner about your feelings and needs in your relationship. Take some time to discuss this with your partner and find ways to identify it in your day to day. Perhaps true acts of love are being overlooked, simply because they are not in your Love Language.
This Valentine’s Day, how will you choose to express your love?
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