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Identifying Love Languages

Can you list the five love languages?

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According to Dr. Gary Chapman, an American author and radio talk show host, the five love languages exist. They are words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch, and receiving gifts.

A love language is a way of speaking or acting that communicates to a partner, parent, child, friend, or other loved one that you do love them and appreciate their existence. It’s really that simple. It’s how you talk and act around others that expresses your like for their company. Discovering what ways the people around you like to be loved can help strengthen relationships and prevent miscommunication in the long run. So what are the five love languages you might come across?

The most common love language, per the Huffington Post, is words of affirmation. This entails speaking praise or kind, endearing words to your loved one. Maybe you find that your child responds best to direction when you reassure them that they’re doing a good job. Reassurance is key!

Next, is quality time. Simply put, it means spending time with your loved one doing something that makes them happy. You might not be the biggest fan of the video games your boyfriend or girlfriend likes to play, but relationships are about compromise– right?

Third, there is acts of service. For example, driving your child to all their soccer practices and games is showing them that they have priority in your life, thus conveying to them that they are important to you– this is crucial, especially if you’re not a physically affectionate parent.

Fourth, we have physical touch. Hand holding, hugging, and thoughtful touches to the arms or face are all examples of positive physical touch. This may be your loved one’s preferred love language if you find that they want to be physically accessible to you more often than not. In this case, physical presence is crucial.

Last, but not least, is receiving gifts. Not to be mistaken for materialism, people who like to receive gifts thrive on knowing the thought and care that went into it. They find joy in the little things.