Tell me.

I’ve been thinking lately about how to love a person well. 

I’m not sure if I ever figured it out.   It’s still a bit mysterious to me. 

I started to think about the moments when I feel most loved.  Usually, I feel loved when someone speaks a word of affirmation to me, or writes me a letter.  It can be as simple as an e-mail.  The running theme being that they all contain verbal expression.  And I realized this is how I express love to others, too – by verbally expressing my appreciation for another person.  

There are times when it gets all jumbled up though, especially with friends who feel loved in totally different ways.  So if I write them a super sweet letter, they won’t appreciate it as much as if I gave them a big hug or a tangible gift.

That’s when I started to realize, it can be really important to understand how different people give and receive love.  I came across this one book that talks about the five love languages.  Of course, it doesn’t cover everything, but I thought it was very helpful, and so here they are:

Words of Affirmation – Feeling especially loved when people express how grateful they are for me, and for simple, everyday thing sthat I do, with their words.

Quality Time – Feeling especially loved when a person gives me undivided attention and spends time alone with me.

Receiving Gifts – Feeling especially  loved by someone who brings me gifts and other tangible expressions of love.

Acts of Service – Feeling especially loved when someone pitches in to help me.

Physical Touch – Feeling especially loved when a person expresses feelings for me through physical contact.

 

What is your top love language?  And what is your least?

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One thought on “Tell me.

  1. my top is words of affirmation…these love languages also cause other issues, I must add.

    my least would be acts of service. I actually hate when people try and help me, especially if I don’t ask for it.

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