It’s been a tough year for everyone, and it’s more important than ever to show your loved ones you care. Whether it’s spending more time together or saying “I love you” more often, there are plenty of ways to show affection. Especially with the holidays around the corner, here are a few ways to let your other half know you care.
Identify Your Love Languages
There are five love languages, and you need to find out which ones you and your partner value. For example, some people show affection through gift-giving, and others feel loved by spending quality time with their partners. You could spark a conversation with your partner about love languages and take the test together online. It makes for an interesting conversation topic, at the very least.
Make Time for Each Other
You don’t need to go on an expensive date night to a five-star restaurant to spend time together. You could give them a chocolate gift and spend a day watching movies in bed together. Sometimes a spontaneous activity is the best way to reconnect and embrace the fun side of life again. For example, you could spend a day paddling boarding on your local river or attend a life drawing class.
Tell Them “I Love You”
You might feel an enormous amount of love for your partner, but when was the last time you told them? Instead of just saying “love ya,” you could share a reason why you love them. For example, you could say you love how they uplift you and make you laugh after a stressful day.
Give Them Your Undivided Attention
Put your phone away and show a genuine interest in something they love doing. You could suggest watching their favorite movie together or organize a day around their interests and hobbies. For example, if they are a history buff, you could visit a medieval castle together. You don’t have to love the movie or the hobby – enjoy spending some quality time together.
Improve as a Partner
Everyone has their faults. You might have a habit of leaving dirty dishes in the sink or leaving your clothes all over the bedroom. Try to improve your bad habits to make your partner’s life a little easier. You never know; they might start doing the same for you as well.
A relationship requires compromise and constant communication. Talk to your loved ones and make sure they know just how much you care about them.