The Language of Love

Opinions on Valentine’s Day tend to fall into one of two camps. There are those who relish the opportunity to express their love for another or be showered with affection, and those who would rather treat it as any other day of the week. Regardless of your feelings about the day, it is good to ask yourself how you show affection and appreciation for those around you. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman offers some strategies to ponder. Are you someone who gives gifts with a special connection to that person? Do you give in other ways, such as spending time together or helping out around the house? Does your chosen method involve giving compliments and talking to the person directly? Do you let your body do the talking, be it with a pat on the back, a hug, or kiss? How do you know you are loved? Your answer may point you in the direction of how you express affection.