How To Love: Love Languages

Love is the language the heart speaks. Since it is not a verbal language that is expressed just in words, it makes communication quite difficult. Conflicts arise despite the love you have for each other. Imagine learning a new language as an adult, especially native English speakers who are almost always monolingual. It’s difficult. I’ve been learning French since my high school years and i still can’t speak it.

As though, to make things even more difficult, love has not one but five different languages. Dr Gary Chapman discovered this after studying and doing years of research. Thanks to him, it is easy to navigate the mystery of love itself which goes against the very selfish nature of humans. As said above, there are five love languages which are:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Quality Time,
  • Receiving Gifts,
  • Acts of Service, and
  • Physical Touch.

Just like the 16 personalities I spoke about in Discovering Yourself, each individual has two main love languages that apply to them. Love languages here means that it is only when these gestures are made, they are interpreted as acts of love, everything else could be interpreted as just normal gestures or just being nice.

The tricky thing however is that we show people love the way we want to be shown love i.e If the guy, for example in the relationship prefers when his partner spends time with him, he’ll begin to spend lots of time with her. To him, he is showing her love, which in all good intentions, he is, if she interprets spending time as an act of love. However, which is more often than not, she may prefer something very different, like Acts of service.

In this scenario now, she’ll begin to do things for him, such as cook, clean, iron, handle whatever he asks her to and just literally anything because that’s how she wants to be shown love. This would then result in her being to busy or too exhausted to spend time with the guy and he’ll get frustrated. While her annoyance would stem from his ‘ungratefulness’ as she has been doing everything to please him, when the fact is he doesn’t care about that.

This whole scenario is a complete misunderstanding. It’s not that he doesn’t love her or she doesn’t love him, but that they are both expressing it wrongly. What needs to happen is that she should now what makes him feel loved and vice versa and there would never arise another problem again.SAMSUNG CSC

Now, to define the different love languages:

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

Just like the title says, people who like this, love being told words that re-affirm their spouse’s love for them. These should not be words of flattery but sincere compliments or words of gratitude. For example: ‘ You look beautiful in that dress’. ‘I love the way you smile’, ‘I’m grateful to have you in my life’ etc Simple words everyday or every other day could go a really long way.

QUALITY TIME

In this day and age, spending quality time with anyone has to be deliberate and conscious. Mark me, it does not involve sitting beside each other while on your laptops or in front of the TV. It entails full undivided attention while talking or doing something that involves you two. A board game, a meal, a walk. Just put the electronics down and get creative

RECEIVING GIFTS

Our lovely friends whom you can apologize to with flowers and chocolates or a surprise puppy. i tell you it won’t work on me, but if you’re lucky to be with someone who loves gifts, it shouldn’t be that hard unless they’re very high maintenance. Be careful though not to overuse this to the point where you look insincere.

ACTS OF SERVICE

I think in this category, there are more women than men. Simple tasks like taking out the trash, remembering to pick up something she forgot, locking the doors, doing the dishes and sometimes your own laundry can be interpreted as heaven on earth to someone you love. A word of caution, if you must do an act , make sure you do it exactly as they will otherwise you’d spark anger and some other emotions you were never prepared for. It’ not about you it’s about them.

PHYSICAL TOUCH

Of all, this should be the easiest. I have seen a hug solve arguments that had lasted hours. A kiss, a hug, a stroke on the arm can mean the whole world to the one you love. If you happen to master this art, you’ll discover a whole new side of your spouse.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it.

If you got this far, you may have realized that one or two of the languages describe you but just to make sure, here’s the quiz to find out. Take it with your spouse and be sure. Then, you can begin to practice fluency in your partner’s language. Trust me, you won’t regret.

I’d love to hear your results in the comment section, if you took the test or if you know them already. Share with a friend so they can find out. Have a lovely week!

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67 thoughts on “How To Love: Love Languages

  1. will say this is new to me in terms of the word usage but cool to know that there is something like this and alot of people will be gald to read through and understand it better as you have made it so in this article… nice one

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  2. “The tricky thing however is that we show people love the way we want to be shown love i.e If the guy, for example in the relationship prefers when his partner spends time with him, he’ll begin to spend lots of time with her. To him, he is showing her love, which in all good intentions, he is, if she interprets spending time as an act of love. However, which is more often than not, she may prefer something very different, like Acts of service.” Needed this reminder; the love a person may need isn’t necessarily what the person THEY love needs!!

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  3. I’ve been taking quizzes left and right today, but your post made me curious about what my love language is. I went to go take the Love Language quiz, but I’ll have to save it for when I have a little more time to devote to it.

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  4. People tend to misunderstand each other because we’re all different love languages. Personal touch is my favorite, as you said, it’s the easiest and it is. Even a simple tap can make a big difference.

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  5. This love language that we all have was brought to my attention by a friend and it was really interesting. I have used these tools a few times in my marriage since my husband and I are different love languages. It has helped us meet each others needs more.

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  6. I sorta miss the “receiving gifts” part of my relationship. I’ve been married for over 17 years and back when we were dating, it seemed my love would bring me a surprise every time we’d meet!

    I did get a gift not too long ago. It was a spray attachment for my water hose to use on my flowers that I had asked for about a week earlier. It was actually just as romantic as the candy he’d get me back when we were dating. It took me by surprise (since I don’t ever get them!) and proves your point of “don’t over do it”. When you do, it’s just not as special.

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    1. Awww that’s so sweet. I’m blushing here. I can imagine the feeling. It’s why men say they don’t understand why a piece of equipment can make someone so happy. I’m glad you got to feel that way again. Thank you for sharing such a sweet memory 🙂

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  7. Yes! I’m so excited that someone else knows about the importance of love languages! There’s another book that talks about the importance of knowing and meeting each other’s needs in marriage. It’s called His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I enjoyed reading your post very much. Completely agree that men and women more often than not experience some kind of miscommunication when trying to express their love for each other. I have lived this at least a couple of times.

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  9. Great post. I like how well you explained it, and this doesn’t just apply to relationships, but friendships and family too. It’s all about communicating with the other person.

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  10. This is very well said. There are different ways to show the person you love that you love them. You don’t have to perfect them all, you just have to understand how each one works.

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  11. This was a great post, and I love that you chose the 5 love languages to feature on a post about how to love. I also thought it was great that you emphasized, when doing acts of service for your loved one, be sure to do it the way they like it done. Because let’s face it – while taking the trash out for me is nice, it’s considerably less nice when I come to throw something away and can’t because you didn’t take the time to put a new bag in. However you choose to express love to your loved ones, just make sure you’re not cutting any corners – be sincere, and be thorough.

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    1. Oh my God. Your example is so familiar. It can be so annoying. OMG you’ve made my entire. I can die now knowing that someone else feels the pain of the ‘not putting the trash bag back’. LOL Thank you so much for commenting

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  12. Yeah, the hard part is communicating in the other partners love language. And what’s even harder is when your partner does not care to communicate to you in yours. Then it feels like you are a sacrificial victim and not in a relationship.

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  13. I think there’s definitely something to this. I would go even farther to say that those in love have their own language. Their own catch phrases that only they understand, the nuances of linguistic intimacy that tune out the rest of the world and are just for them.

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  14. Relationships are really just about having good communication. When communication is open and honest it keeps the doors open for fostering a comfortable and secure feeling in both partners. When people feel secure and happy, love follows.

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  15. I’ve just taken the test. Words of affirmation for me 🙂 My man is taking the test right now, hopefully this will helps us in being paying more attention in what makes the other happy. Loved this post so much!! xx

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  16. So important and so true Belema. We all speak a different language when it comes to the heart even though we mean to say the same things

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  17. My good friend was just talking to me about this book and how it has changed her life and her relationship with her husband. I can’t wait to read it. Your post has lit a fire in me!

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  18. I enjoy gifts but I much rather Acts of Service or Quality time from the Heart! I am going to take the test for me and my moody child as well later! Thanks, Great Read!

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