This is an in-depth look at the five love languages with some quick tips at the end how you can express them unexpectedly and without much effort.
This is an excerpt from my Love Guide which covers every possible subject on love, dating & relationships.
Why do relationships go nuclear?
Man, it is hot in here! It feels like a nuclear bomb just went off! Most people have been in at least one relationship where everything started off perfectly, we were deeply in love yet over-time we’ve started to become distant, non-appreciative or even hostile towards our partners. Why do relationships or even marriages fail shortly after we became a couple or just months after the wedding? And why do other’s relationships last forever? Is there something wrong with us? To understand this phenomenon, we need to learn why we get into relationships.
We’ve all inherited a deep need to feel loved by another person as being loved shows us that we’re worth loving, it makes us feel valuable and desirable. People who misbehaved as kids often didn’t receive enough love from their parents and their parents didn’t show them how to be affectionate with one another. As a result, those kids acted out in order to seek the attention and love they so desperately desired.
Dr. Gary Chapman illustrates this as an empty love tank that needs to be filled with love. When we don’t feel loved the tank slowly dries out, our emotional energy is at a minimum and we feel rejected and unloved by the ones we love the most.
Our goal in a relationship is to keep the love tank of our partner as full as possible to make them feel cherished, loved and respected. To fill our partner’s tank with love we need to understand what fills a tank with love
Understanding that we all fall out of love eventually
We become infatuated with our partners when we’re in a new relationship and we literally put our pink-colored glasses on. We feel that we would do everything for them and move mountains to make them happy. Our emotional high makes us forget the negative aspects of our loved ones and our primary desire is to make them happy since they are making us happy.
It is easy to fulfill our lover’s request while we’re in love because anything they ask us to do doesn’t feel like work, instead we feel rewarded to make them happy. Unfortunately for all of us, studies have revealed that this in-love-experience only lasts for 6-18 months, perhaps slightly longer during an affair. Once the infatuation subsides, filling our partner’s love tank becomes a lot harder. We revert back to our inherently egocentric nature that brings us back on our feet and tells us “I want to be appreciated”. But if our partner hasn’t changed their behavior even if we’re no longer in love, why is it that our love tank stops to be filled?
Learning to speak to your partner’s inner desires
When we fall out of love and start to feel unappreciated by our partner it isn’t because they’ve changed a lot about how they treated us. Chances are they still treat you almost the same way, however, they no longer go out of their way to do everything for you, instead they begin to speak to you in one primary way that they feel is appropriate to show their love to someone, this is what’s known as the five love languages.
Since every person has a different understanding of what it means to be loved it’s crucial to learn how to speak your partner’s love language. Once you discover your partner’s as well as your own love language, making a conscious choice to love each other becomes easy and truly fulfilling. The five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, gift-giving and physical touch.
Encouraging with words of affirmation
Words of affirmation are words that build each other up and encourage our partner to be their best self. Verbal compliments or words of affirmation are best expressed in simple statements of affirmation such as “you look great in that dress”, “thank you for taking care of the kids today, you’re such a great mother” or “thank you for always listening to me, I don’t take that for granted”.
When we use affirming words to a person whose language is words of affirmation, we show them that we care. Hearing how we value and love them makes them feel appreciated and gives them the courage to continue to be the best they can be.
Other ways of affirming your love are using words that encourage your partner to pursue something they are afraid of, such as saying “You are a great accountant and I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job at your new management position”. Encouragement requires empathy and seeing your partner’s world from their point of view, so you could not only encourage them but give them specific reasons why you believe in them.
You can say things such as “Whenever I see you working on your financial projections you are completely in the zone, there’s no way you won’t be a great, detail-oriented manager.” Encouraging words tell your partner “I care. How can I help you?”. By giving credit and praising you re-affirm that your partner is worthy of appreciation.
Whether you use affirming or encouraging words, being aware of how we communicate is important. Words of affirmation need to be spoken in a kind and loving tone. Sarcasm should never be used when you want to express your love with kind words.
Both your tone of voice as well as your body language express sincerity. Words can say one thing but mean the other when our body language and tonality aren’t open and loving.
Neither you nor your partner is perfect. There will be times when you wish your partner would show their affection in a certain way, such as giving you a massage or cooking your favorite dish which she hasn’t cooked in a long time. Do not use demanding words when you want your partner to do something special for you. Love always makes requests.
Lovers who make demands turn into parents scolding their child. Loving someone is a choice, requests give our partner a choice to express their love. Giving your partner the freedom to love you in a way that feels appropriate to them increases intimacy. When you request something from your partner you guide them on how to love you instead of demanding to love you. Always remember that you must love in such a way that your partner feels free.
Indirect words of affirmation
You don’t always need to directly express your words of affirmation to your partner. Sometimes it has a far greater impact to tell others what a great woman she is. When you are with friends or her parents, expressing your love and appreciation won’t go unnoticed and people will often tell your partner that you’ve had nothing but good words about them. Hearing about the great credit you’ve given is especially meaningful from parents, it re-affirms that we are with the right partner and receive validation from our parents that we are in a relationship with a loving person.
Mistakenly seeking conflict or withdrawing from conflict
Even the best relationships will have disagreements or major fights. Many couples make the mistake to fight more and more as their love tanks begin to empty. This is a vicious cycle which naturally will only make things worse. When you feel that both you and your partner are unnecessarily fighting it is a good decision to take a step back and re-focus on why you fell in love with your partner in the first place.
Take the time to consciously avoid expressing feelings of anger or disappointment, instead focus on the things that you do like about your partner and tell her what you appreciate about her. This will bring back the loving tone and will re-affirm your partner that you love them. Check out my quick tip on keeping a love-journal for your partner.
Fighting and withdrawal are just a sign of emotional withdrawal to protect ourselves from further pain. In the same way, many couples withdraw from each other further as their arguments intensify to avoid getting hurt even more. Withdrawing from our partners increases the emotional gap that we seek to avoid. The best thing to do is to focus on the positive sides of your partner instead of avoiding the negative aspects.
Increasing the emotional bond with quality time
Partners who complain about you not spending enough time with them want to see that you love them by spending quality time with them. The story of Mike illustrates his problem very well. Mike was over-working 24/7 on his business in the hopes of providing for his girlfriend whom he wanted to marry. Mike believed that working hard would help him achieve his goal of having a happy family but his girlfriend Rica began to withdraw due to Mike’s absence in the house.
Rica and thousands of other men & women ask themselves “what’s the point of all possessions if you never spend time with your partner?” What she craved more than anything was her partner’s time and his undivided attention.
Many couples spend a lot of time together to go out, watch TV or cook together yet spend their time being too inattentive to their partner. When you’re watching TV, your attention is on the show you’re watching, not on your lover. Being in close proximity doesn’t mean that you spend quality time, quality time means that you give your partner 20 minutes of your life undividedly. Your partner needs to see that you want to take part in their life.
Spending time together is extremely important but it’s even more important to let your partner know that she is number one. When you’re doing activities with your partner be sure to focus on her, not the activity itself. Many old couples are roommates instead of lovers because they treat the time they’ve spent together to be close in close proximity instead of being close to each other. What activities you choose to spend with your partner don’t matter as much as what you do while you’re spending time together.
Partners who value quality time want to be heard and understood by their partner more than anything. For them, nothing speaks love louder than sharing their thoughts and feelings in an uninterrupted context. When partners are unhappy about the fact that “you never talk”, they aren’t saying that you don’t talk at all, what they are saying is that they are craving for sympathetic talk in which we make an effort and take time to listen to our partner’s feelings. Whereas words of affirmation focus on what and how we are saying it, quality time focuses on what we are hearing.
Learning to listen isn’t easy for many people especially when they’ve never seen their parents taking enough time to listen. Truly listening means to stop being on the offensive, too many people start a conversation with the intent to respond to whatever the other person is saying. When we listen, we slow down and try to draw out our partner’s questions, thoughts, feelings, and desires instead of trying to respond to what we believe we are hearing.
Listening with intent and without interruption requires practice to let go of our ego. We focus too much on how we feel about something our partner is saying instead of taking the time to give them our full undivided attention and desire to understand what they are feeling
3 listening quick tips
- Whenever you talk to your partner with a deep intent to listen, maintain your eye contact and don’t look at anyone else. This shows that they have your full attention and you are fully focused on trying to understanding them
- Always try to listen for feelings. When we have disagreements we often focus on what we are feeling but the key to effective listening is to focus on what the other person’s emotions are. What feelings is your partner experiencing? If you think you know what they are feeling, re-phrase what you believe you heard and try to confirm that you are understanding them correctly. Simple phrases such as “As I understand you, you were upset not because I came home late but because I said I would help you with the house cleanup? Is this what you’re saying?” can go a long way in showing to your partner that you are listening and trying your best to truly understand what they feel.
- Observe the body language of your partner. You don’t need to be a body language expert to see obvious signs of irritation. Clenched fists, tears, rapid eye movement or avoiding eye contact, stiff shoulders and closed off arms are all signs that your partner isn’t feeling good. This is an opportunity to see whether there is something that is on their mind they would like to talk about.
Having a quality conversation with our partner also requires us to open up about ourselves and reveal what we feel, after all, if your partner doesn’t know anything about you, how can she feel close to you? Many people, especially men are bad at sharing their feelings either because of their parental upbringing or the general environment they grew up in. If you are bad at sharing your own emotions, spend time to write down your emotions you’ve felt during the day in a simple notebook. This helps you become more in touch with yourself and makes it easier for you to share what you felt during the day.
Choosing quality activities
Not all activities are created equal. When we spend time with our partner we want to ensure that both of us are having a good time and that our activities facilitate belonging and togetherness. It’s a great idea to list down activities separately and combine the list with your partner to see things that both of you would appreciate doing.
When you choose an activity, make sure it is something where both of you can have your undivided attention, activities with too many distractions from your partner don’t facilitate togetherness. Any activities you choose to do should be something that obviously at least one of you enjoys, you don’t always both need to like the same activity, doing an activity that is mostly enjoyed by one partner shows to the other person that you care about them and are willing to do something with them that they enjoy. In these cases, a healthy balance of choosing activities that satisfy both partners over the long-term is important.
Making an effort with acts of service
For some people, the greatest way to feel loved is by you doing something for them that they would like you to do. These acts of service show that you’re willing to serve them because you love them. Acts of service can be cooking a meal, setting a table, washing the dishes, maintaining the garden or cleaning the floor. All of these require thought, planning, time, effort and energy – hence they’re not easy to do and are a sign to your partner that you love them.
The story of Tim & Nina is a great example of what happens when we don’t understand each other’s love language. Tim & Nina owned two little puppies in a metropolitan city, both of them had to work during the day and since both puppies weren’t potty-trained yet, whenever they got home from work they’d be awaited with pee and poop on the floor. Tim regularly swept the floor multiple times a day to ensure the room was clean but started to feel resentful when Nina showed her dissatisfaction when he wouldn’t clean the floor properly.
Tim appreciated words affirmation the most since his parents never gave him the love he desired as a child, so receiving condemning words for his actions made him feel unloved when he didn’t do a good enough job. As a result, he began doing less and less of a good job at cleaning the floor, it began feeling like a chore rather than doing something because he wanted to make his girlfriend happy. What Tim failed to understand was that acts of service were Nina’s love language, so keeping the house clean and helping in the household, in general, was how she felt loved. He made the mistake that many couples, especially married ones, do: They change their behavior for which their partner loved them in the first place.
We often model our behavior after our parents and how they treated each other during their marriage and therefore we believe that certain behaviors are natural but our partner may see things differently. If your partner values acts of service, then fulfilling her requests express your love to her more than anything else ever could.
Acts of service often require a considerable amount of effort so when we feel unloved it becomes even harder to do them for our partners. The question you need to ask yourself is not whether you have disagreements but rather: Do you want to change? If you want to serve your partner, the best thing you can do is creating a list together with your partner of things your partner would appreciate you do on a weekly basis. Discuss the list and talk about what’s doable and reasonable for you to do.
Showing that you care with gift-giving
Some people feel most loved when they receive gifts from their partner. For many people, gift-giving doesn’t come naturally and it feels like a bribe but to people whose primary love language is gift-giving, making time to create or buy a gift says “He was thinking of me”. In fact, a gift is a symbol of that thought, it’s a permanent reminder of that moment when you took the time to think of your partner. Mothers remember when their children bring a flower from the yard even if it was a flower they didn’t want to be picked because they know the thought behind the gift.
Gifts come in all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t matter what they cost. For a gift-giver, the cost of the gift matters little, what matters is knowing that you spent the time to think about what to give to your partner in order to make them happy. Gifts don’t need to be expensive, they can be inexpensive objects or objects of high emotional value. Sometimes spontaneously buying a single rose for your partner can speak as much as buying an expensive necklace.
Fortunately for people who aren’t gift-givers, gift-giving is the easiest love language to learn If you’re not a gift giver, choosing what to give to your partner may seem difficult. In that case, you may ask friends and family what they may think would be a good idea. Write down your ideas in a notebook and take note of what your partner buys for herself. When you give gifts, don’t wait for a special occasion to give your gifts
You may feel reluctant to give gifts if you aren’t a spender. Some people naturally like to save money, whereas others enjoy spending their money. If you are the former, buying a gift for your partner may feel like a waste of money. When you feel hesitant to buy gifts for your partner because you are a person who likes to save & invest, remember that you aren’t buying a physical object for your partner, what you really are doing is contributing to the emotional climate of your relationship by making your partner feel loved. When you are buying a gift for your partner you are effectively investing in your relationship and your relationship is far more worth than your bank account.
But gifts don’t need to be expensive at all, they can be self-made crafted objects, they can be simple things such as bringing a pizza home with you or giving a card that says “I love you” and hanging on the fridge for your partner to find.
Communicating your affection with physical touch
Physical touch is at the center of all relationships but like all other love languages there are some people who appreciate physical touch more than others and for those love is expressed most sincerely by loving and kind touch. Babies who are held, hugged and kissed develop a healthier emotional life. Our parents communicated their love to us with their touch and we continue to express love to our partners by holding hands, kissing, embracing and of course, having sexual intercourse.
Men and women often mistake why they value sex so much in a relationship, men are naturally inclined to have intercourse in order to release the sperm build-up within their bodies. Women don’t have this natural desire for release and therefore their desire for sex is emotionally based. Men often make the mistake of assuming that their love language is physical touch because they value sex but there is often a lot more to it.
Chances are that if you are a man and you don’t feel loved by your partner when she touches you aside from having sex, your love language may not be physical touch at all. Physical touch isn’t just limited to our most erroneous zones, we can show our loving touch with a hug, by placing our hands on the back or shoulders of our partner, by holding her hands and so on. If none of these things make you truly appreciated, chances are that you value a different love language.
Loving touch is the most powerful expression of love to a physical toucher and not receiving it speaks more than the words “I hate you”. Physical abuse such as tightly gripping, holding your partner against their will or a slap in the face is devastating to people who value physical touch. On the other end of the spectrum, touching your partner in a way that they appreciate will be the greatest expression of love you can give them.
We all have zones and spots which we do not like to be touched at, some people are extremely ticklish at a certain area and don’t want to be touched at those spots. Not all touches are created equal, some will bring your partner pleasure and some will irritate your partner. Don’t insist on touching in places that she doesn’t appreciate. Just because you value to be touched that way doesn’t mean that your partner appreciates it in the same way. Always talk to your partner about where it is OK to touch and where hands should be off. To continue touching where she doesn’t want to be touched expresses that you don’t care about how she feels.
Physical touch has powerful healing powers in times of crisis. Whether you are inherently a toucher or not, we often instinctively hug each other during hardships or after a fight to express our love. Being embraced by a warm loving touch from our partner makes us feel safe and loved, so don’t forget the importance of showing your love with physical touch especially during hard times.
Choosing to love in good and bad times
Life can get tough, there are times when we feel beaten down and love isn’t our only emotional need in life, we need security, self-worth & significance to feel fulfilled in our lives – love intersects with all of the above. Being loved by my partner gives me peace of mind that I am able to relax, knowing that I am leaning on someone who has no ill will towards me.
Knowing that your partner got your back helps you feel secure & supported and this boosts my own self-worth. Love truly makes us feel significant when we’re shown that somebody cares and loves us. While love isn’t the only thing we need in life, it opens the doors for a healthy and loving climate in which we can find answers for our problems and resolve conflicts without condemnation.
We may understand the concept of choosing to love someone to nurture a healthy environment but what if the person we love is no longer loveable, what if your fights have gotten so bad that you feel your partner hates you? The story of Pamela illustrates this dilemma. Nick, had been on an out of town trip to the hospital and when he came back he found out that she lost track of their dog while she was on a walk and their dog had been missing for several days. Their relationship had already been strained and Nick became upset with Pamela. In their heated argument, Pamela screamed “You just hate me and want to let out your frustration”.
Many couples live on the same edge of a love-hate relationship as Nick & Pamela did. What do you do when both of you are hurting each other with your words and actions? Can you love someone whom you hate? Couples often make the mistake to talk to biased friends about their relationships which will tell them to get out of the relationship, telling them they will never change but the truth is, anyone can change with the right motivation.
Any relationship can be rekindled when we fill the love tank of our partners. Speaking their love language and lovingly communicating with them is the first step to new-found love, however, this requires a choice on your part to express your love even when you don’t feel love for your partner at the moment.
Loving an unloveable partner during relationship hardships
Loving someone whom we hate isn’t easy but love is always a choice. If we love someone, we must choose to take the high road and take the first steps to heal a damaged relationship. Where both parties are hurt, neither will want to take the first step to bring back love into the relationship. Doing this requires a lot of courage and patience.
As you begin to speak your partner’s relationship in order to make them feel loved, they will eventually reciprocate the love that you give them but these changes take time. Discovering what makes your partner feel loved is often a period of trial and error and even when we seem to do all the right things, change doesn’t happen overnight. Your partner will need time to adjust to your new loving self.
The best thing you can do during this period is to stop all complaints to your partner and love her, despite any negative feedback that you receive. You have to brush it off and continue to show your love nevertheless. You may also choose to tell her that you are not happy with the relationship and you are choosing to change something. Letting them know that you are working on yourself for the sake of the relationship gives them peace of mind that whatever you are changing in your behavior is for the sake of both of you.
Eventually, you will hopefully receive positive feedback, which is the first sign of making progress. Once you notice that your partner is responding to your changed, loving behavior you may ask her to do something for you. Remember to make your requests in a loving, non-demanding manner. Let her know exactly what you want from her and give her a choice to do it. Even if she declines your request, continue to respond with love & kindness.
When your partner doesn’t reciprocate love despite your efforts
Loving someone with whom we are at odds with is hard enough, not receiving love in return despite our efforts hurts even more. By choosing to love your partner despite your differences you are effectively saying “I value this relationship enough to work on our relationship even when you are not yet willing to do so” but somehow our partners will never reciprocate love and they themselves choose to not change their own behavior.
True love also says “I value this relationship too much to let it deteriorate, so I am no longer letting you do this to us”. Sometimes we need to be clear to our partner that we are no longer happy and want them to change or we are going to walk away from the relationship. Healthy individuals walk away from things that no longer serve them. If your partner chooses to remain stuck in their unhealthy behaviors and is unwilling to love you the way that you want to be loved, then it is OK to draw a line and end the relationship if you’ve exhausted every last effort, including showering them with love while they aren’t loving you back.
Most couples never make this effort, as it is so difficult to make the hard choice to love our partner while they are hurting us. Don’t give up on your love too soon and before you choose to end the relationship give your partner the benefit of the doubt that their lack of love and withdrawal from you are their natural defense mechanism to prevent themselves from getting hurt further.
Many avoid the harder choice of loving their partner after the in-love experience because they don’t feel “high” and instead opt for love with the in-love experience where the emotional high makes it easy and often even pleasurable to do something for our partner to make them happy. When we stop being infatuated with our partner it’s up to us to choose to learn how to love them. When you are no longer on cloud 9, it’s your choice whether you accept your partner for who they are and sincerely and kindly love them, or whether you decide to go down a destructive path of trying to change them obsessively into someone they are not or simply give up and break free to seek a new partner and repeat the cycle all over again.
In the end, while our partners certainly aren’t perfect we need to acknowledge that neither are we and that we should look at what we can do for our lover, not the other way around. When we stay in a relationship with the mindset of thinking about what we can get from them instead of what we can give to them your expectations will always be disappointed. Choosing to love our partner in the hardest of times and doing things for them that don’t come naturally to us, such as learning to speak their love language which feels foreign to us is one of the greatest expression of love we can give to our partner.
Expressing love to your own children
Expressing our love language to our children can be challenging, they aren’t as vocal as an adult, so discovering their love language isn’t as easy as talking with your partner about it. The simplest thing you can do is to experiment and pour all 5 onto your child until you discover what makes your child respond in healthy behavior patterns
Children who don’t receive enough love often don’t develop into responsible adults and struggle with feelings of anger, resentment and low self-esteem. As a result, people who weren’t loved as children often seek love in inappropriate places. These are deep wounds that often only surface and begin to heal late into adulthood, so it is important to raise your children in a loving manner by being a shining example what it means to express love to your partner and them.
Too many parents make the mistake of condemning their children for their failures, yet we don’t spend the time to congratulate them for their successes. Focusing on the failures of our kids does more harm than good, as it tells them that they are not good enough. Success becomes something unattainable and daring to fail becomes unthinkable. This kind of thinking can deeply hurt a person’s self-esteem.
Children want to see that you care about them just as an adult needs to be loved, so give them your undivided time and don’t shy away from going doing to their level. They may have interests that bore you as an adult but for a child, these activities are meaningful bonding and learning experiences to grow into a functioning and loving adult.
Focusing on your child’s love language greatly helps with making them feel appreciated, e. G. if your son appreciates skateboarding, take the time to go to the skatepark with them or even try to pick up the board yourself, even though you may suck at it. For a child that appreciates acts of service, helping them with a school project or repairing their bikes and toys means a lot to them and so on.
Speaking your partner’s love language unexpectedly
Don’t know where to start with the five love languages? Here are a few simple ideas about how you can express your love with any of the five love languages unexpectedly to your partner:
Words of affirmation
- Complimenting your partner on how much you appreciate their effort for you when they’ve done something for you
- Telling them that you believe in them, especially when others don’t do so
- Showing interest in her work and complimenting her for her talents
- Saying “I love you” in unique and unexpected ways, such as “you look great in that dress”, “I love your dedication when working out” or letting your partner know that you’re proud for being with them because they’ve exuded a positive quality you value
- Letting her know how happy you are that she is happy and telling her it makes her look beautiful
- Compliment your partner in public or in front of others (they may tell her)
- Send a loving email or text message randomly during the day
- Hiding secret hand-written mini love-notes in extremely unexpected places, some ideas are:
- In one of her shoes
- Under her pillow
- in the fridge next to her favorite food
- In her luggage when traveling before she leaves
- In a bookmarked page in a physical book
- In her drawer
- On the bathroom mirror in lipstick or steam
- On the last page of her notebook / journal (don’t peek!)
- In her wallet or purse
- Taped to the back-side of her laptop
- Hanging on a doorknob In her pockets In her email, voice mail or your mailbox
- Coming home from work earlier than expected and spending the extra time with her
- Spontaneously inviting her to a special dinner and taking care of everything. Perhaps it’s a good occasion, maybe you had a good day and want to share your happiness and love with your significant other
- Canceling one of your regular activities to surprise her with extra time
- Giving her a massage and asking her about her day
- Bringing up a casual discussion about your relationship and how you can make it even better
- Turning off the TV, Netflix or your game to go and talk to your partner
- Spending extra time in the morning to cuddle and talk about the plans for the day
- Unexpectedly drop by with something from across the street (this also works as gift giving)
- Give her your undivided attention when something bad happened and she needs you
- Give her your undivided attention when something great happened and sh wants to share it with you
Acts of service
- Quietly make breakfast while she is still sleeping, bonus points for waking her with a kiss
- Doing something for her that she hates doing
- Doing something every now and then that’s usually her share of responsibility
- Offer to help her parents with something you overheard they are working on
- Running an errand for her when she is barely able to make time for it
- Unexpectedly doing a full-house cleanup
- Spending time to learn massaging skills on YouTube and treating her regularly to a massage
- Offer help on a tight work deadline if you’re able to help in even just small ways
- Buying and working on something she’s expressed interest of improvement in the house for a while. It’s a good idea to invite her to buy whatever you need to avoid bad surprises
- Secretly spend time at a craftsmanship workshop and make something that means something to her
- Give her a single rose when she doesn’t expect it
- Bring her a box of her favorite food and sweets to work
- Print out a memorable picture of you and her and frame it
- Unexpectedly buy her earrings or a necklace and tell her you wanted her to wear something as beautiful as her
- Bring something from your last trip
- Write a short love letter and sneak it into her bag (this is also words of affirmation)
- Loving touch after sex, it shows that you value her and being close to her even after you had sexual satisfaction
- Greet with a hug, part with a kiss
- Kiss her unexpectedly, hug for no reason
- Snuggle on the couch when you’re both doing your own thing
- Place your arm around her in public
- Rub her neck while she’s doing something
- Give a massage and spend extra time to learn how to give massage
- Put her on a piggy-back ride and embrace her thighs
- Spend extra time on foreplay and treat her body like a treasure
- Give a loving touch on the back when she’s doing something and show your appreciation for her with a kiss
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