The 5 Love Languages explores 5 ways of loving and being loved. Gary Chapman explains that each of us has a “primary love language” and a “secondary love language” that ultimately exemplifies love to us and meets our emotional need to feel loved. Point on point, when our partner chooses to speak or implement our primary or secondary love language, we feel loved. In return, our partners feel most loved or comforted when their primary or secondary love language is spoken and implemented by us.
The 5 Love Languages include: Words of Affirmation – Quality Time – Receiving Gifts – Acts of Service – Physical Touch: exploring the book is highly recommended. A generalized sneak peak to the 5 Love Styles are below...
1. Words of Affirmation: Verbal compliments, words of appreciation. For example, “Wow, you look great tonight”
2. Quality Time: Undivided, intentional time directed towards her/him. For example, Talking without the TV on.
3. Receiving Gifts: Visible, material symbols of love. For example, Flowers for no special occasion
4. Acts of Service: Actions speak louder than words. For example, Cooking a meal
5. Physical Touch: Thoughtful touching. For example, Holding hands in public
Both Dan and I feel most loved and understand how to love each other through love language #4, “Acts of Service”, to us this means, timely efforts since acts of services come in small and big packages. Be it making the bed or having dinner ready for the other. And, in the spirit of in the moment self-discovery, you can complete the 5 Love Languages Quiz available at 5lovelanguages.com
To living in health (and love),
Dr. Amy de Oliveira, Naturopathic Doctor
Women's and Family Natural Health Expert