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the five love languages: discover how to communicate in your partner's language

if you want to have a successful relationship, it's important to learn your partner's love language. what are love languages? they are the different ways that people communicate love and feel loved. there are five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. in this article, we will discuss each one in detail and give you tips on how to communicate with your partner's love language!


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words of affirmation

when it comes to love languages, words of affirmation are probably the most commonly understood. this is when someone expresses love through words, whether it's telling their partner that they're beautiful or saying "i love you." if this is your partner's love language, it's important to be verbal with your affection. tell them how much you appreciate them, compliment them often, and let them know how lucky you are to be with them!


quality time

quality time is another love language that is important in any relationship. this is when someone feels loved by spending time with their partner, whether it's going on a date night or just cuddling on the couch and watching tv. if this is your partner's love language, it's important to make time for them and to be present when you're with them. put away your phone, give them your undivided attention, and let them know that they're the most important person in the world to you.


physical touch

physical touch is a basic love language that most people can relate to. this is when someone feels loved by being physically close to their partner, whether it's holding hands, cuddling, or even just sitting close to them. if this is your partner's love language, it's important to make an effort to be physically close to them as often as possible. this doesn't necessarily mean physical intimacy - although that can certainly be a part of it - but simply being in close proximity to them and touching them often.


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acts of service and devotion

finally, acts of service and devotion are love languages that are often more common in men than women. if your partner feels loved when you do things for them or show them how much you care in a practical way, make an effort to do so on a regular basis.


giving and receiving gifts

finally, giving & receiving gifts is a love language that is often overlooked but can be very important to some people. if your partner feels loved when you give them gifts, it's important to make an effort to do so on a regular basis - even if they are small and inexpensive gifts, it's the thought that counts.


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it's important to remember that pretty much everyone enjoys all of these languages to a degree - some just more than others. take some time to figure out both your and your partner's preferred giving language, and your preferred receiving language, and work together to recognise when each of you is making an effort for the other. while it's ideal when they match up, if your receiving language is 'physical touch', but you know your partners' is 'gifts', try and value the underlying message next time they pick you up something nice - that's their way of saying 'i love you'. likewise, if your giving language is words of affirmation, but their receiving language is quality time, make an effort to carve out some time for them - and feel free to tell them how much you love them at the same time!