Understanding your love language
Everyone gives and perceives love in a unique way. Having an understanding of the love languages gives you the opportunity to understand all of the relationships in your life on a deeper level.
Love languages are the way we give and perceive emotional love. It is the way we speak to each other on intimate levels. So what are these languages and how can you learn about them?
According to Dr. Gary Chapman, there are five languages of love we all speak. Words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, gifts, and physical touch. Each has its own unique set of characteristics.
Individuals whose primary love language is words of affirmation love to get verbal compliments. They flourish when you are utilizing uplifting words and feel supported by your compliments.
Quality time is a practice that some rarely give themselves, let alone to a significant other but for those whose primary love language is quality time it is the essence of a good relationship.
Acts of service is one of the most complex languages to truly understand. In order to be perceived as love, it needs to be given freely. Demanding love is never going to end well.
You either love to give/receive gifts or you don't. Gift-giving is an easy love language to determine and can have a lot of impact in your relationships.
The power of touch and affection has been known to us from the beginning of time. These individuals communicate through physical touch to show emotional love.
Communication is #1 predictor of any successful relationship. The more you learn about love languages the easier it will be to communicate to your partner and every other relationship in your life. Visit Dr. Chapman's webpage and take a test to determine your primary love language here.