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  • February 18, 2023 4 min read

    Six simple ways to express love to someone close to you

    We say, there aren't enough demonstrations of love in our world and holding back how we really feel doesn’t benefit anyone.

    However, the way you express your love matters. Just because you're giving it doesn’t mean they’re feeling it.

    Knowing how the ones you love receive love is important. There are a trillion books on the subject and quizzes by love whiz’s to discover how you and the ones in your world like to be loved.

    But for now, let's take a glimpse at six beautiful ways to show someone they are loved.


    1. Express love by complimenting them.

    This is all about using affirming words to verbally encourage the ones you love. We see in people who receive love this way, a change in demeanor once words are spoken. They usually love to receive wordy cards and have a good sense to recall the words that have really meant a lot to them over the years.

    Loving people who love words may seem easy, let’s face it, words don’t cost a lot of time, money or energy, however if words aren't your thing loving wordy people can be extremely taxing. You may feel like you don’t know what to say or how to say it.

    Expressing your love this way may feel awkward. We suggest you be upfront with your loved one. Communicate how you find expressing your love in words difficult. Ask them if they can teach you how to use the kinds of words they need to hear. 

    2. Express love by helping them out.

    Helping the one you love may seem like a basic thing to do in any functioning relationship, however, when we say ‘help them’ we mean, go out of your way to do tasks to make them feel supported.

    Acts of service such as remembering to bring the washing in, serving them a cold beverage on a hot day, baking them a birthday cake, filling up their car with petrol, fixing something they own that is broken or doing their personal shopping are all ways you can show them you know what they need and care about them.

    Sometimes helping is not well received. It can appear as meddling or control. This can be avoided by simply asking before doing until you work out what they do and do not want help with.

    3. Express love by gifting them.

    Everyone likes gifts, right? Well believe it or not, there are people who like receiving gifts more than others. Receiving a gift makes them feel really loved. To them, a gift is not just about the object that is wrapped.

    It communicates that they have been considered, thought of, and are in your heart and mind. Gifts make them feel valued, dignified and respected. Whether it is a small trinket or an expensive present is irrelevant - it’s all about your thought and effort.

    4. Express love by spending quality time with them.

    When it comes to spending time with your loved one, the key is to make it quality. In a world where most of us are busy with all the things, quality time means being present and focussed. To be seen, heard and understood is what ‘quality time people’ are really craving.

    Making an effort to schedule in time together to hang out, try something new or do something you both love really registers and works wonders in enriching the relationship. We think, being together and wanting to be with no other is a beautiful way to express devotion.

    5. Express love by being close to them.

    Although it is important for all to be shown some kind of physical affection (physical touch can improve the immune system and reduce disease) some people have sex and other expressions of physical love higher on their love list.

    We might call these people ‘huggy’, ‘close sitters’, or  ‘touchy feely’.  They may have a disregard for personal space or seem to like being stroked, holding hands, being held or sitting on your lap. We think showing your love by being close is a beautiful way to live; however, sometimes physical touch can be overwhelming for those who do not overly like it. They can feel smothered. We believe, finding a beautiful balance between togetherness and personal boundaries is the way to love well.

    6. Express love by remembering them.

    Anyone who has ever lost anyone they love would know that even in their absence love remains. Although it may seem pointless, acting out your love though remembrance rituals is a beautiful way to celebrate your bond. This may look like going to a place you know they loved on their birthday, playing their favourite song or simply taking a moment to pause from time to time and whispering a little ‘I love you’.

    Showing your love doesn’t have to stop simply because their time here is over. Likewise, you don't have to continue the practice for the rest of your life. You will know what is fitting and beneficial. 


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