Understanding Love Languages: 5 Ways to Boost Your Relationship
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 7 min read


  1. What are love languages?
  2. How to spot your partner's love language
  3. How to show love through Words of Affirmation
  4. How to show love through Quality Time
  5. How to show love through Receiving Gifts
  6. How to show love through Acts of Service
  7. How to show love through Physical Touch

Imagine you've just discovered a secret manual—a guide that unlocks the mystery of how to express love in a way that your partner understands and appreciates. That's what understanding the five love languages can do for your relationship. It's not magic, but it sure can feel like it when you start putting it into practice! So, let's dive into the world of love languages and discover how they can boost your relationship.

What are love languages?

Love languages are, in simple terms, the ways in which people prefer to give and receive love. They are a concept created by Dr. Gary Chapman, and according to him, there are five primary love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation: This language uses words to affirm other people. If your love language is words of affirmation, you value verbal acknowledgments of affection, including frequent "I love you's", compliments, words of appreciation, verbal encouragement, and often, frequent digital communication like texting and social media engagement.
  • Quality Time: This language is all about giving the other person your undivided attention. For those who prefer the love language of quality time, they want their partner to be present, they want their partner's attention, and they want shared activities, creating special moments together, frequent eye contact, and shared laughter.
  • Receiving Gifts: For some people, what makes them feel most loved is receiving a gift. The gift signifies that your partner was thinking about you. The cost of the gift is not the issue; the thoughtfulness and effort behind the gift is what matters to people who speak this love language.
  • Acts of Service: For these people, actions speak louder than words. People who speak the love language of acts of service value when their partner does things like cooking a meal, doing the laundry, or picking up a prescription for them; these are all acts of service. They require thought, time, and effort.
  • Physical Touch: People who speak the physical touch love language thrive on any form of physical touch: hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial.

Understanding these five love languages is like having a key to a treasure chest of loving relationships. And the first step is identifying your own love language and that of your partner. So, are you ready to unlock a deeper level of understanding and connection in your relationship?

How to spot your partner's love language

Identifying your partner's love language might seem like a guessing game, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some simple strategies to help you decipher their love language:

  • Observe their behavior: People often express love in the way they wish to receive it. If your partner often uses words of affirmation, there's a good chance that they appreciate hearing them too. If they're always doing little things to help you, they might value acts of service. The same goes for quality time, gifts, and physical touch.
  • Listen to their complaints: What does your partner often complain about? If their complaints often revolve around not spending enough time together, quality time might be their primary language. If they often feel unappreciated, they might desire more words of affirmation.
  • Ask them: This might seem obvious, but why not have a direct conversation about it? Ask your partner what makes them feel loved and appreciated. You might be surprised by the answer!

Remember, we all express and perceive love differently. Understanding your partner's love language is not about changing who you are, but about understanding who they are and how they feel loved. It's about meeting them where they are and loving them in the way they understand best—because love, after all, is a language that we all want to understand and speak fluently.

How to show love through Words of Affirmation

So your partner's love language is Words of Affirmation. Now what? Here are some steps you can take to communicate your love effectively:

  • Express your feelings: This might seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes we assume our partners know how we feel about them. However, for someone whose love language is Words of Affirmation, hearing "I love you" or "I appreciate you" can make a world of difference.
  • Compliment them: Compliments are like tiny gifts of love. They're not about flattery but about noticing and appreciating your partner's qualities and efforts. Saying things like, "I love how you always take care of me," or "You're amazing at your job" can truly uplift them.
  • Write it down: If expressing your feelings verbally isn't your strong suit, try writing them down. A heartfelt letter, a cute note, or even a text message can mean a lot.

Words have power, and for those who connect with Words of Affirmation, they can be the key to a thriving relationship. Remember, it's not about empty flattery or saying things you don't mean. It's about being sincere, being kind, and telling your partner just how much they mean to you.

How to show love through Quality Time

Quality time is more than just being in the same room. If your partner's love language is Quality Time, they crave your undivided attention. Here's how you can show them love in their language:

  • Put away distractions: When spending time with your partner, try to be fully present. That means putting your phone on silent, turning off the TV, and focusing on them. They should know that in that moment, they're the most important thing to you.
  • Plan special activities: It doesn't have to be anything fancy. A walk in the park, a movie night, or cooking dinner together can all qualify as quality time. The key is to do something you both enjoy and where you can connect with each other.
  • Listen actively: During conversations, make sure you're not just hearing, but also understanding. Show interest in their stories, ask follow-up questions, and validate their feelings. This shows them that you value their thoughts and feelings.

Remember, quality beats quantity. It's not about spending every waking moment together, but about making the moments count. By understanding this love language, you can deepen your bond and make your partner feel truly loved.

How to show love through Receiving Gifts

If your partner's love language is Receiving Gifts, they value the thoughtfulness, effort, and love that lies behind the gift more than the gift itself. Here's how you can speak this love language effectively:

  • Give meaningful gifts: It's not about the price tag, it's about the sentiment. A handwritten letter, a photo album, or a simple homemade gift can mean the world to them. The key here is to show that you know them well and have put thought into choosing something they would appreciate.
  • Make ordinary days special: You don't need to wait for a special occasion to give a gift. A surprise gift on an ordinary day can make them feel loved and valued. It could be as simple as their favorite candy bar or a single flower picked on your way home.
  • Remember important dates: Birthdays, anniversaries, or significant milestones — remembering and celebrating these dates with a thoughtful gift can make your partner feel cherished. It shows that you're mindful of what matters to them.

Understanding the love language of Receiving Gifts doesn't mean you have to break the bank. It's about showing your love through actions and gestures that require thought, time, and effort. If you can do that, you're well on your way to mastering this love language.

How to show love through Acts of Service

Acts of Service is a love language that speaks volumes through actions, not words. If your partner appreciates Acts of Service, here are some tips to help you express your love effectively:

  • Help out with daily tasks: Offering to help with daily chores can be a significant expression of love. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, or simply helping them carry their groceries can show them you're there to help lighten their load.
  • Offer to take on their to-do list: If your partner is overwhelmed with work or personal tasks, offer to take something off their plate. Whether it's picking up their dry cleaning or preparing a meal, these acts of service can serve as tangible expressions of your love.
  • Fix something around the house: If something's broken or not working well in your partner's house, offering to fix it can show your love and care. Remember, it's not about the act itself, but the thought and effort you put into it.

Remember, understanding the five love languages, particularly Acts of Service, is all about showing your love through actions, rather than words. It's about being there when they need you, lending a helping hand and making their life easier through your actions. If you can do this, you're speaking the language of Acts of Service fluently.

How to show love through Physical Touch

The love language of Physical Touch goes beyond the bedroom. It's about the small, intimate moments that create a sense of closeness and warmth. If your partner's love language is Physical Touch, here are some ways you can show your affection:

  • Hold hands: This simple act can create an instant connection. Whether you're walking in the park or sitting on the couch, reach out and hold your partner's hand. It's a gentle way to say, "I'm here for you."
  • A warm hug: A hug can convey a thousand words. Don't underestimate the power of a comforting embrace. It's a straightforward way to show your love and support.
  • A touch on the arm or a pat on the back: These small gestures can have a big impact. They can serve as a reassuring touch, a sign of encouragement, or simply a way to say, "I appreciate you."

Understanding the five love languages and mastering the art of Physical Touch is about creating a sense of security and connection through touch. It's about demonstrating your love through gestures that make your partner feel loved, valued, and secure. So reach out, touch, and connect in a way that speaks volumes about your love.

If you enjoyed learning about love languages and want to further explore the connection between emotions and art, check out the workshop 'An Exploration Into Capturing Tenderness' by Cal McIntyre. This workshop will provide you with a fresh perspective on expressing emotions through various forms of art, ultimately helping you strengthen your relationships by capturing the essence of tenderness.