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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu
Similar to other feelings, expressing love takes practice. However, feeling and displaying love can result in a huge shift in our lives. It’s important to remember that love comes in many forms. We can love our pets, our family members, our friends, and our significant others. Many people believe that love can solve many problems. As singers such as Perry Como, The Hollies, and Deon Jackson sang, “Love makes the world go round.” In essence, it’s a universal language.
Each of us probably has a different definition of love. In romantic love, there’s a magic that happens between two people. Psychologist Erich Fromm, in his classic book, The Art of Loving, writes about the magic of two strangers meeting, and suddenly the wall between them is let down, resulting in a sudden closeness and oneness. This “is one of the most exhilarating, most exciting experiences in life,” he says (p. 3).
Those who have experienced this feeling know that there’s a magical connection when you’re with the right person. It might seem as if the rest of the world is slipping away. The man or woman you’re with is your world for the time that you’re together, and everything just seems easier. While it might feel as if it’s a momentary or fleeting state of mind, the truth is, it is most often a long-term state of mind. As psychologist and author Melanie Greenberg (2013) says, there’s something special about the feeling of two hearts beating as one. In that moment, there’s a deep connection where you’re moved by how the other person is feeling and inspired to make him or her feel good. In general, there’s a deep sense of caring.
Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, now is a good time to honor the concept of love. My father-in-law, who was one of 12 children, often spoke of his mother’s love by saying, “The more she loved, the more her capacity to love.” Love begets love and is indeed contagious.
Have you ever questioned whether your partner still loves you? You’re not alone. You also might be speaking a different love language than your partner.
What are the love languages?
We all give and receive love in 5 different ways: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. These are called ‘love languages’ – a concept created by Dr. Gary Chapman through his long-time work as a marriage counsellor.
- Words of affirmation
When words of affirmation is your love language, words build you up. You thrive on spoken affection, praise, encouragement, and compliments. Harsh words and criticism can bother you for a long time.
- Acts of Service
Anything that your partner does willingly to ease your workload is a sign of love to you. You feel cared for when your partner vacuums before you get to it or makes you breakfast as a surprise. On the other hand, broken promises or laziness can make you feel unimportant.
- Receiving gifts
When you speak this love language, a thoughtful gift shows to you that you are special. In contrast, generic gifts and forgotten special events have the opposite effect. This love language isn’t necessarily materialistic – it could be as simple as receiving your favourite snack after a bad day.
- Quality time
To you, nothing says you’re loved like undivided attention. When your partner is truly present (and not looking at their phone), it makes you feel important. Failure to actively listen or long periods without one-on-one time can make you feel unloved.
- Physical touch
Holding hands, kisses, hugs, and other touches are your preferred way to show and receive love. Appropriate touches convey warmth and safety, while physical neglect can drive a wedge between you and your partner.
How love languages can improve your relationships
Most of us have one or two preferred love languages – often different than our significant other’s. If you express your love through your preferred love language, the chances are that it goes unnoticed by your partner.
Say that your love language is gifts, and you often surprise your partner with thoughtful gifts. How does it make you feel when they just have a quick look at your thoughtful present? Meanwhile, your partner hardly values gifts but appreciates acts of service. It would mean the world to them if you did chores around the house instead of buying gifts. Is your partner feeling loved?
Learning to speak your partner’s preferred language can drastically strengthen your relationship. You can do the free love languages test on the 5 love languages website. Love languages apply to non-romantic relationships as well, and the website includes tests for children and teens.
Women love to hear the three magical words ‘I love you’ but when it comes to men, things might work a bit differently. Men are not so much into verbal pronunciation of love and may want to see things done for them instead of mere mention of words. Dr Pavan Sonar, psychiatrist and relationship counsellor says, “There are many ways to express love to your man other than saying ‘I love you’. It makes them feel special when they know they have your 100 per cent attention. This can be done by showing physical appreciation so don’t shy away from giving him lots of hugs and cuddles. He will definitely notice the special touch in the way you caress him.” So if you want to show the man in your life how much you care, try these things and see him smile.
Don’t ignore him when together
Give your man your undivided attention and show him that he is your priority. When you’re together, spend time without any intrusion. Avoid checking your phone often, taking calls or diverting your attention from him. Focus on what he is saying and doing. Maintain eye contact, hold hands and simply have time only for him.
Rustle up his favourite meal It’s known that best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, rustle up his favourite meal even if there is no special occasion. The fact that you know what he likes when it comes to food, shows that you care a lot about him.
Dress up the way he likes
Wearing that dress which he loves to see you in, sends his brains the right signals. It shows you desire him, value his liking and want to look good for him. So, once in a while just doll up his way!
Admire him genuinely
Who doesn’t like compliments? While women attract a lot of them, men have to make do with fewer ones. However, men like genuine compliments whether it is for their looks, attire, manners or their work. “It’s difficult for men to pick up subtleties in conversations when it comes to admiration if they don’t expect it. Thus, a direct dialogue with them is advised to avoid misunderstandings,” says psychotherapist Kunjal Shah. You will see him glow after the compliment as you admire him for his traits making him feel secure as to why you opted for him over other guys.
Take his advice
Any man will feel important when you seek his guidance on various problems that you may be facing. It shows that you trust his opinion on important aspects and that you value his judgment. It makes them feel competent and useful.
Say ‘Thank You’
It is a joint responsibility to maintain the house, but many times women take it for granted when men do routine chores in their absence. Men also have extra energy for additional tasks and if you have such a man in your life don’t forget to give due to his good deeds and express your feelings. Saying thanks will infuse positive energy in your relationship.
Be a good listener
Even men have issues bothering them whether at home or at work. When these reach a limit, allow him to vent and help release all that tension. “As compared to women, men are less expressive when it comes to talking about their emotions. They often think logically and fear being ridiculed. So, whenever a man wants to open up to his partner, he wants her to be more empathic and listening. He is happier if you are listening with intent and understanding the points he is trying to make, rather than you behaving like a teacher or his mom. He will avoid any further venting, if the woman misses that chance,” says Dr Sonar. So, be patient as they share all that they are going through and it will show him that you care.
Get into a quickie mood
Instead of sticking to a routine schedule of love making, indulge in a quickie once in a while. Romance, foreplay and making love for an hour might not always be possible, so once in a while just engage in plain, simple sex which is something men really look forward to.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!
What do you think of this holiday? Is it bigger in the US than it has been for you in your home country?
Do you want to know how to make your loved one feel special?
It doesn’t have to be contained just to Valentine’s Day, but it’s a great opportunity to show them how special they are to you.
We’re going to show you what you can do to tell your loved one how you feel, and how to convey this in the best possible way.
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Here’s a letter that talks about love and expressing yourself to the one that you care about the most.
I’ve came late to this podcast, like about a month ago. Since I discovered it, I’ve been listening to it and learning.
I’m dating a guy, and he’s very smart–a mathematician type of guy. I’m an architect and I love design. Most of the time I don’t know how to express myself when he asks me how I’m feeling or what I’m thinking. I don’t always know how to contribute to certain conversations about any topics.
How can I tell him that I love him and I’m just thinking about him without sounding cliche? Any suggestions are very welcome as they would really help!
Thank you so much,
Knowing How To Express Yourself To Others
The letter is a great example of how nice it is to be in a happy relationship.
Yes, it can be quite helpful and positive to know how to express yourself to your significant other.
This is something that many people struggle with, especially if that’s just now how they are.
We’re going to focus on the last part of the question about telling him you love him without sounding cliche.
This really forces you to think of the types of things that you can say in this situation.
This also goes so much into “Love Languages”–this is a book by Gary Chapman that speaks to the five various love languages there are.
One of these love languages is to use “Words of Affirmation”–maybe your significant other needs this love language.
Basically these love languages are about finding out what your partner needs from you–and we’re going to focus on these “Words of Affirmation” here.
Knowing The Right Things To Say
You may not be somebody who needs these words of affirmation, but your partner may be that type.
In any cases you want to know some good things to say to express yourself in the best way possible.
So what are some things you can say?
- I love you– This is the most intense, which is funny because we use love ALL the time for non romantic reasons. We might say something cliche like “I love french fries.” However, when using this with someone you are dating, you only say it if you REALLY love the person. It’s a bold statement that shows you are in love with this person. Be sure that if you say it you really mean it and that you feel it is reciprocated.
- I’m in love with you– This is even more intense. You can love someone and not be IN love with them and you may not understand that unless you are in the situation. So you can be even more clear and direct by adding the words “in” and “love”–for these can have a dramatic impact on the feelings and intent. If you say this be prepared for quite the reaction!
- You’re my everything– This may be a bit cheesy, and yet it shows this person how you really feel. This person before you means everything to you and you want to be sure taht they know it. This is used if you are in a very serious relationship and you want them to know the magnitude of how you really feel about them.
- You make my heart melt– Yes, it’s definitely a bit cheesy but it’s also super cute. Relationships can be this way and make you feel a certain way. It really all depends on how you feel and how intensely you want them to know you are feeling at that moment.
These all convey some pretty intense relationships and feelings, so be sure to use them with the right person in the right way.
Taking It Down A Notch
Sometimes you may be in a relationship that is serious but perhaps not quite at the romantic and love phase just yet.
It’s still quite possible to show somebody how you feel in a less intense way.
If you want to show your feelings, there are a couple of ways to show positive sentiment and work just great.
- I have so much fun spending time with you
- I think you’re amazing
- You mean so much to me
- I’m so glad to be with you
- We have a lot of fun together
- Thanks for making me so happy
Also, you can be open and honest with your partner and tell him that maybe it’s hard for you to express exactly how you feel.
It’s a good idea to watch romantic comedies to get ideas! and practice what you want to say first.
Be sure to be open and communicate–but have fun with this for it should be a positive thing for both parties!
Happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!
Communicate with your partner–decide how “mushy gushy” you want to be.
Consider what your partner needs from you–and also what you need from them as well.
Do they need words of affirmation?
Pay attention to how they react to this aspect of things.
Watch romantic shows and movies to get ideas of extra language to use.
Try these out with your partner and see what type of reaction you get–this is another important way of connecting!
Also check out other great episodes that we have done about love at AEE!
If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.
We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
“I can sleep with her, marry her, take care of her, but love—that’s something else,” said Tony, a married man in his late 40s. “Guys don’t like to talk about love. They don’t know what to say. Of course guys feel love. But they express it differently.”
Why don’t most men just come out and tell us the way they feel? In my years spent as a therapist, I’ve learned that love can make men feel vulnerable, childlike and unable to do what’s expected of them, especially those who believe they’re functioning in a dog-eat-dog world. Still men do love, and different types of men express their love differently. In fact, love means different things to a man, at different times in his life. This means that a woman needs to be alert to who her man is and what love means to him. If you’re frustrated with waiting to hear those three magic words, take a look at what your man may already be saying—in other ways:
1. Simply saying “I Love You”
Actually, saying these three words is a huge step for some men. That’s because it means a lot more than simply expressing a feeling. For some it feels like a life commitment, for others it is fraught with danger.
“When I say I love you,” said Steve, “I feel like I’m taking my life in my hands and giving it to her. It’s scary. I’ve got to really trust her and know she won’t throw my love away in order to actually say the words to her.” In this case, the fear of rejection comes up strongly. Rejection is enormously painful for most men, and saying “I love you” can be an invitation to be hurt. Most men must feel very secure in the relationship and in the woman’s feelings for him before he’ll dare say those words.
For others, saying “I love you” means, “I’m offering a commitment. I’m going to be here to do things for you.” For many men, love is expressed through action, so these words are a promise of what is to follow. Simply by saying these words they feel they are agreeing to be there, to give to her and support her. If they don’t do it, they’ll feel like a heel.
When some men say “I love you,” it means “I’m not leaving” or “I’ll always be faithful.” This can be very scary for some men. They feel the words themselves are a promise, and if the promise is broken, they will suffer as well. Men don’t want to break their promises to you. Most want to be able to follow through and give you what they want. In the end, they just want you to feel good about them—and to feel good about themselves as well.
2. Offering Tokens of Affection
There are many different kinds of gifts a man can give. The obvious ones include those wrapped in packages, candy, flowers and special notes. But there are others that a woman may or may not be aware of. For example, for some men, giving their time to you is a gift. When they spend more time with you, and less with family and friends, this is their way of saying that they love you. They are choosing to be with you.
Some other men choose other gifts. Whether your partner stands up for you during a difficult time, goes with you to visit your family, does little jobs for you, attends important functions with you, puts you first in his thoughts or plans trips, dates or outings, the message is the same. He loves you. If this sounds like your man, keep in mind he, like many men, may not be comfortable with expressing his feelings directly, so these behaviors are indicators that he cares a great deal. The trick to understanding a guy like this lies in realizing two things: These actions are being generated out of love, and he expects you to know that.
3. PDA—Physical Displays of Affection
Affection can mean anything from handholding to lovemaking. In fact, some men can most easily express their feelings during lovemaking. That’s because after being intimate they feel as though they’ve loved you, and often feel loved as well. The physical contact breaks down barriers and provides a feeling of closeness that cannot be so easily be obtained in another manner for them.
This can be a complex area, because sex can mean so many different things to different individuals. Most women need affection and foreplay as well as the sex because this is what makes them feel loved. Some women even require hearing words of love spoken during this time as well. So when a man is open, giving and affectionate with a woman on an ongoing basis, it is often his way of expressing love. For him, love means meeting her needs and having his needs met as well.
Still other men use sexuality to avoid or cover up areas in the relationship that might be difficult. They feel that if the sex is good, everything else will fall into place. Usually, when the sex is reluctant, or not happening, it is an indicator that something is missing emotionally, or that conflict exists in the relationship. Sex is a sensitive barometer to what’s going on in all aspects of one’s life.
4. Introducing You to His Family
Another way of saying “I love you” is taking you home to meet the family and close, meaningful friends. This is often an indicator that the man has deeper feelings for you. Not only does it say that that he’s proud of you, but he wants to connect you with the people who mean the most to him. He wants you to care about them, and for them to care about you as well. This is a sure sign that intimacy and love are increasing for him, and that you are becoming a significant part of his life. Some women complain a great deal about not having met the family and being kept separate and apart. When this goes on for too long in a relationship, it can be a sign that the depth of his feelings for you, and his involvement, are lacking.
Some men compartmentalize relationships. They have someone for dating, someone for sex, someone else for the kind of love that leads to marriage. By being aware of the people in his life that he introduces you to and includes you with, you can get a good idea of how he operates in this area. Does he want you in all parts of his life, or is this a limited relationship? Love, in the deepest sense, includes sharing all parts of ourselves with another.
It is helpful to keep a little journal of your relationship. So many acts and expressions of love go unnoticed and unfelt, because we simply get used to them or become too busy to stop and take note—or to stop and say thank-you. Take a few minutes each evening to note what you received that day, and also what you gave. Write it down. Be specific. List everything, like phone calls, kind words, a surprise visit, etc. You’ll be amazed when you look back and realize all the ways your partner is giving to you. Plus, it’ll help you find new ways to give back to him.
A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.
Sheri Stritof has written about marriage and relationships for 20+ years. She’s the co-author of The Everything Great Marriage Book.
Carly Snyder, MD is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments.
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It’s much easier to share your thoughts, the intellectual information that is in your brain, than your feelings. Both women and men can have a difficult time expressing feelings, although male partners seem to have an even harder time with heart-to-heart communication.
Sharing the depth of your feelings that are in your heart takes emotional risk and courage, as it can make you feel exposed and vulnerable.
However, expressing your feelings is also the very thing that will create closeness and connection in your relationship. By sharing what is in your heart with your partner, you can achieve deeper intimacy.
How to Express Your Feelings With Your Partner
Try these tips to help you feel more comfortable and prepared to express feelings with your partner.
Accept Your Feelings
Accept that feelings are neither right nor wrong. Instead, it is the behavior that results because of the feeling that is morally judged.
For example, just because you are angry, you do not have the right to behave violently. Managing negative feelings means accepting them without allowing them to overrun us.
Describe Your Feelings
Describe the feeling by saying it or writing it down. Think about how to help your partner have empathy, or how to help them understand what it’s like to walk in your shoes.
If you’re having a difficult time finding the right words, remember that most feelings can be summed up in a single word, including:
If you are not someone who is used to expressing feelings, this may feel awkward at first. Practicing it in small steps will make it easier.
For example, start by saying out loud, “I feel angry,” or “I feel sad.”
Understand Feelings vs. Thoughts vs. Mood
It’s important not to confuse feelings with your mood or thoughts. Feelings come and go and change quickly, while a “mood” is a sustained period of an emotional state.
Feelings convey our emotions (and are said to come “from the heart”) while thoughts occur in our brains and convey what we are thinking as well as our beliefs. Feelings can also be physical sensations.
Another way to help you distinguish your thoughts from your feeling is to use the “I think vs. I feel” rule. If you can substitute the words “I think” for “I feel” in a sentence, then you have expressed a thought and not a feeling.
For example, “I feel hurt” is correct because you would not say “I think hurt,” right? Whereas a statement like “I feel that he is a jerk” is incorrect. You “think” he is a jerk.
Try to not judge your own or your partner’s feelings. If you want your partner to continue to share on a deep level, it is important not to get irritated or defensive about the feeling expressed to you.
Likewise, rejecting a feeling is rejecting the person feeling it. Do not say things like “Don’t worry, be happy” or “You shouldn’t feel that way.” Doing so invalidates how the other person feels.
Verbalize feelings with your partner directly. Your partner can’t read your mind. While they may pick up on your vibe, they have no way to know what’s going on in your head unless you tell them.
When verbalizing your feelings, it’s also important to share your deeper underlying feeling, not just surface feelings. You might be expressing anger but underneath feel hurt or embarrassed. This is much more crucial to express to your partner directly to develop closeness and intimacy.
You do not have to have deep, serious conversations about your relationship daily, but you do have to share your feelings (not just your thoughts) about what is going on with you day-to-day.
Saying that you were “late for a meeting” gives the basic information only. But saying you “feel embarrassed about being late for a meeting” helps you connect to the person you are speaking with.
While you should share feelings daily, it’s important to avoid making daily decisions based on those feelings. When you are making decisions, feelings will be a part of the process, but you must also think logically and rationally.
A Word From Verywell
To be successful at sharing your feelings, you need to be open, honest, willing to make time for each other, and receptive to these talks. This needs to be a reciprocal process. You both must share on an intimate level with each other; it can’t just be one of you.
If you’re having trouble expressing your feelings, consider couples counseling (either together or alone) to better understand what is preventing you from taking an emotional risk and having heart-to-hearts regularly with your partner.
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You might be thinking, how hard is it to say ‘I love you’?
It’s a cinch, especially once you’ve plucked up the courage, right?
In fact there are many ways to express love, and many different times in your life that you’ll want to do it.
I happen to have an insider’s view on how to do it well.
You see, a few years ago I started to host wedding receptions in Chinese and English.
There’s more to love than just romance
Love isn’t found in just one person, but in many people and many aspects of our daily lives.
The work came to me because I was a comedian with a website that had the words ‘Chinese’ and ‘MC’ on it, and the universe sent the work my way because it has a sense of humour and knew I was going through a break up. Fun!
I soon discovered that there was no better place to learn all the different ways that couples express their love for each other. It’s as individual as the way you brush your teeth.
I also discovered how daunting it is for people to make a speech in public about their love for one another.
It’s almost always something left to the last minute for one of three reasons:
- 1. What a huge and unbelievably big task to speak in front of other people about something so personal! What if I leave something out? I have no idea where to start.
- 2. How hard could it be? I’m talking about someone who I know better than anyone else. I’ll just make some dot points and work off that.
- 3. I don’t know what I’ll want to say until I say it. I’ll just wing it and speak from the heart.
If you use these prompts, let us know how it went! Or tell us about a memorable way that someone’s expressed their love for you. Email [email protected]
From wedding speeches to longer-than-usual texts — 21 questions to guide you
Everyone places different weight on the importance of saying ‘I love you’ out loud.
It can be a sentence ender for some — ‘We need milk, I love you!’ — or spoken only on special occasions.
Does your relationship have a future?
You’ve been dating for a while, but the question remains — is this going anywhere? It can be a scary subject to raise, so we got some advice on how.
It can be as rare as an eclipse or as everyday as Louis Armstrong’s reasoning in his song What a Wonderful World: “I see friends shaking hands saying ‘how do you do?’ They’re really saying ‘I love you’.”
So according to Mr Armstrong, you don’t need a designated holiday to say to a loved one “I choo, choo, choose you” — we’re actually doing it all the time.
But if you did want to get a little deeper than a Simpsons’ reference (apparently sometimes life calls for this), here are some questions to get you started — whether you’re penning an old-fashioned love letter, a new-fashioned email, a longer than usual text, a one-on-one TED Talk, or even a wedding speech.
Seem like a long list? Begin with the first one that takes your fancy. Take some notes and see where it takes you.
Be like the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whose Sonnet 43 begins “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”, and then just start counting the ways.
These are just starting points… the time, place and person, that’s all up to you.
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- What did love mean to you when you were little? What does it mean to you now?
- How did you meet?
- When did you know they were the one for you? What was it about that moment?
- How do they make you feel?
- What do you see when you look at them?
- What do you love most about them?
- How do you hope to spend your days together?
- What little wishes do you have for the two of you?
- What big dreams do you have for the two of you?
- What do you love to do for them? Why?
- What do you love that they do for you? Why?
- What are the things they do for you that you don’t appreciate until they’re away?
- What do you admire about the values they believe in?
- What are the strengths that they may not see in themselves, that you see and love?
- What’s a precious memory you’ll always hold close to your heart?
Sentences to complete
- When we’re together…
- When we’re apart…
- I’ve never told you this but…
- You make me laugh when…
- You make me cry when…
- I love you more than…
Good luck! And if you’re feeling nervous, speak (or write) from your gentle heart and know that you’re the expert.
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Bouquets, cards, candies and teddies…love is all about going off board in your expression. But not everytime you need something fancy to show your care. There might not be a perfect way of saying ‘I Love You’ but for sure, there are certain signs that subtly express you love them without saying it, low key ways of expressing love that will keep the relationship ignited.
Therefore, it’s time to feel what the entire world is feeling, be subsumed in the magic of love like never before and give your partner the romantic feels like never before.
1. Hint With Signs Of Affection
Shower with hugs and kisses. Talk with the eyes. Look for them in the crowd. Brush your hands against them. Never stop giving the signals of love and keeping them high in love.
2. Be Forgiving
The reality is people mess up. Don’t let that spoil a beautiful thing between you two. Be forgiving to their mistakes and sit down to discuss in order to resolve things for good.
3. Give A Gift
Give a thoughtful gift to your partner. Each time, words might not hold the power. Use love filled tokens to show your affection and create a lifetime remembrance.
4. Cook A Meal
Cooking is a language of love. As old-fashioned as it may sound, this is one of the fool-proof ways to your significant other’s heart. Prepare a glorious meal or bake a cake, light aromatic candles and you’re all set.
5. Plan Something Spontaneous
A spontaneous plan shall never disappoint. Life should not always work with a ten year plan. A romantic cottage or a tropical beach, grab some time alone and plan a getaway. Make sure you both disconnect from gadgets and work.
6. Share Quality Time
Even if it just means sitting and communicating, just do it. Getting enough couple time builds the bond stronger. Recreate your first date, break sweat together at the gym, swap your talents and let the fun sweep in.
Flirting is not merely a tool of meeting a new partner, it’s also a tool to keep the relationship ignited. Give compliments in front of others, wink often, gets dressed up for them, make dirty entendres, send romantic texts etc. to keep them hooked.
Sometimes, it is all about how well you are able to adjust with your partner. No two humans are alike. Certain sacrifices are needed to make you both feel valued. From the temperature in the bedroom to the morning wake up time, be willing to make little changes.
9. Go Out Of Your Way
When was the last time you made your significant other feel loved with a certain act? Make sure you do things that prove your love. Driving to them when they miss you (no matter how far they are), staying up for them while they work late are some things that definitely showcase your love.
Love is the purest form of emotion; however, expressing it is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are many different ways which are used to express love. All that matter is which one you choose at what point of relationship. It depends on various factors like the warmth which you share in the relationship, how romantic is your partner, what are the expectations of your partner, the amount of space you give each other etc. Here is a mention of 4 amazing ways which can be used to express your love:
1. Give Ears to Your Partner
This may not sound to be a direct way of expressing love; however, this is one of the most effective methods of expressing love. Try the 80:20 Rule even in your relationship, which says speak less and listen more, and you will soon notice the positive changes. This allows the other person to express the feelings better.
2. Keep Surprising Your Partner
Surprise elements keep the relationship dynamic. There are various ways to surprise your partner and you need to know them. As you spend time together, you get to know about likes and dislikes of your partner. However, when you move into a new relationship, there are some common ways to surprise your partner. These include sending flowers online portal, gifting handmade chocolates, cooking delicious desserts etc.
3. Be More Expressive
Of course, this is what this write-up is all about! However, this statement needs to be followed literally. Every relationship demands you to be expressive. There are various ways of expressing your emotions which can be buying a beautiful card and writing some heart touching lines on it before you gift it to your beloved. You can also write a love letter as well as short yet romantic emails. Also, a small text saying “I love you” will bring a priceless smile to your partner’s face. One can even make mesmerising hand-made cards or some crafts to express his or her undying love.
4. Take Her for a Romantic Movie
For those who are bad at expressing their emotions, this can be a useful way. A romantic movie will surely fill both of your hearts with romance. And you can effectively express your feelings.
However, expressing your love is not just restricted to the above-mentioned points. You can keep trying some new ways to keep the warmth of your relationship alive. Remember, knowing each other’s likes and dislikes is crucial and so it is advisable that you work on that front.
If you don’t know it yet, the Italian Language makes a difference between loving someone and loving something or to do something. Making sure to learn this subtle difference, is the only way to avoid awkward moments with your Italian friends or lovers!
Let’s start with the idea of loving “someone”
How to say I love you in Italian?
When you want to say in Italian that you love someone, you simply say “ti amo”
Ti amo entails romantic love though. That means that you can use it with your wife (moglie) or husband (marito) and boyfriend (fidanazato) or girlfriend (fidanzata).
You shouldn’t use “ti amo” or the verb “amare” in non-romantic situations.
Loving “something” or “to do something”
How to say that I love something or doing something Italian?
When you want to say that you love to do something or something, you can use the verb adorare (to adore)
- Adoro passeggiare nel centro di Roma di sera – I love walking in the center of Rome at night
Saying “amo passeggiare” is acceptable, but it is not very natural. As an alternative, you can opt for the expression “mi piace moltissimo / mi piace da morire”
- Mi piace da morire la pasta al pistacchio – I love pistacchio pasta
To recap, Italian tend not to use the verb amare with things or situation.
Love toward friends and family
How to say I love you to a friend of the family in Italian?
To show love or affection to a friend or a family member, Italians use the idiomatic verb volere bene (a qualcuno)
- Ti voglio bene – I love you (to a friend or family member)
- Voglio molto bene a mia cugina – I love my cousin (not romantic love)
- Vogliamo bene a Lucia – We love Lucia (again, not romantic love, Lucia might be our best friend, for instance)
Bear in mind that volere bene takes an indirect object pronoun.
Being in love
Speaking of which, how to say in Italian that you are in love with someone?
- Sono innamorato di Maria – I am in love with marria
Essere innamorato/a di – to be in love with
How do you say that you fell in love with someone?
- Mi sono innamorato/a di Lucia – I fell in love with Lucia
Words of affirmation can go beyond “I love you.”
This morning I woke up, rolled over, and saw my boyfriend peacefully sleeping next to me. The sun was peeking through the curtains and illuminated the room in a soft glow.
His eyes slowly blinked open. He looked at me and kissed me on my cheek. I kissed him back and said, “I love waking up to you every day, even with your morning breath.”
Ok, so it might not be the most romantic phrase, but it got the job done. We’re both a light-hearted couple with our teasing. And my boyfriend is aware of his unpleasant scent in the mornings.
I’m the type of girl that expresses her love verbally. I will scream it loud and proud that I fill cards for my boyfriend with romantic psychobabble.
But sometimes, “I love you” just doesn’t cut it. Maybe it’s because I say it every day, or that I’ve said it to too many boys in the past. Either way, as someone whose love language is words of affirmation, I try to find new ways to tell my partner how much I love them without using those three words.
If you or your partner have the love language of words of affirmation, then you might feel stuck in the same rut. I love you can only express so much for so long. Sometimes, you want to say more.
There are other ways to express your love, verbally, which say much more than “I love you.”
When was the last time you let your partner know how much you appreciate them? Don’t buy into the idea that they already know. I promise you; they also want to hear it.
Take it a step further and let them know you appreciate them for certain things. Maybe after they cleaned the dishes or put the kids to bed. They’re little parts of your everyday life but it’s a perfect chance to let your partner know you appreciate the things they do.
Part of being in a relationship is having a support system. You have someone who is choosing to be with you and will help you when life gets rough.
These three simple words might sound obvious, but they’re another thing we take for granted. Sure, your partner may already know this, but being reminded can feel even better than an “I love you.”
Or if you live with your partner, when they get to [insert place they’re driving to]. I do this all the time with my boyfriend. It’s not so much that I care where he is, rather, I want to know he made it there safe.
Checking in on your partner is a loving gesture. It’s nice to know there’s someone in the world who is looking out for us.
“I love you” is said so often in relationships that it can feel watered-down. But when was the last time you told your partner you liked them? In the sense that you genuinely enjoy their company and who they are.
Love is long and messy. Sometimes people change. But hearing that your partner still likes the person you are today means a lot more than hearing “I love you” for the thousandth time.
I like to think this is a simplified definition of love. My boyfriend and I laugh every day, and things never get boring. Yet, we feel safe and secure with each other.
If you feel the same about your partner, trying saying this phrase to them. It’s a reminder that, yes, you’re crazy about them, but like your safe haven from this crazy world.
Humans crave other human connections. But it’s not such much that we want to have friends and lovers, we also want to feel understood.
When your partner is talking to you about a concern or something stressful, do more than just listen. Ask them how it is you can better understand them. Chances are, they want you to know how they’re feeling and still be accepted by you.
This phrase not only lets your partner know how you view the relationship, but it’s probably a little reminder you need as well. Arguments can get nasty, but the moment you acknowledge that you’re both on the same team and want the common goal of relationship happiness, the walls come down.
Use these three words to tell your partner you always have their back.
Whether you express your love through words or your partner feels most loved through them, these words will help expand your love vocabulary.
Because expressing your love doesn’t have to be exclusive to one single phrase.
A list of no-BS ways to show that you care and express love to a loved one without spending a dime.
“Love, is more than just a game for two.”
And it’s more than a cute morning text, a box of chocolate or a flower bouquet on special occasions.
Don’t get me wrong. We all love a little surprise every now and then, right? But for most of us, we wait for birthdays or anniversaries to show gratitude and appreciation towards our significant others. The rest of the days, we leave them completely blank.
All relationships take work. And making small daily efforts often yields big results. And honestly, who has time for a 1-hour in-depth one-on-one talk each night?
Luckily, there are things we can do daily to show appreciation and care for our SO (even in the busy days).
You don’t need to do all of them on Day 1. Take time to implement these relationship ideas once at a time and figure out which one works best for you. And most of them don’t involve spending a dime or leaving the house!
Easy ways to express love and show care
Be a good listener
After a long day, your Significant Other may need someone to vent to. If you feel like they need an ear, kindly put down your phone, turn off the TV and give them your full attention.
Communication is an important part of participation in each other’s life. You don’t have to force a conversation. If they are seemingly bothered but are not ready to talk about it, go with the simple question of “how’s your day?”
The asking itself shows that you care enough to notice their mood swings. Even you may not magically solve their problems, being there for them is a great way to show your loved one that you care.
Random acts of kindness
It’s the small things. If you wake up before your partner, maybe start the coffee maker let the smell of coffee wake them up.
If taking out the trash is not something your partner likes to do, try to do it for them without them asking. These small acts of kindness can mean the world. If you aren’t getting the recognition you desire, it’s okay to bring that up in a kind way too.
Write them a love note
Whether it’s a thoughtful text or a handwritten note, write out the reasons why you love your partner and how much they mean to you.
You can surprise them by hiding it in an unsuspecting place or leave multiple notes around the house. Or you can write your love message on post-it notes and stick them to the mirror.
If you’re looking for some ideas, take a look at these gratitude printables for couples . Use them to write a sweet spouse appreciation note to express love and show them you care.
It’s natural for us to be physically intimate at the beginning of a relationship. When we are crazy in love, we just can’t keep our hands off each other.
But some couples get distracted by work and life and the physical connections get cold as time goes by. However, as less than 10% of messages are delivered with words, physical interactions play a huge part in expressing love and care. If hugs and kisses are not happening so often like they used to, it’s time to bring them back.
Studies have found that touching strengthens the bond between partners and can contribute to stress-relief.
If you are not so hands-on with your Significant Other, start by giving them a warm hug or a rub on the back. These small gestures can convey love and care to your partner and keep you two closer both physically and mentally.
Cook a special dinner
This idea takes some time and work but cooking a nice dinner for your partner is one of the easiest ways to make them feel special.
Even if you aren’t a great cook, you can either attempt to make a meal or order your favorite take out to alleviate any stress of having to cook. Sit down and eat together without any distractions and connect with each other.
Give more than you take
Even if this sounds a little vague, it’s a nice reminder to evaluate what you’re putting into your relationship. Think about your partner’s needs from you and what you need from them.
Are you taking more than you are giving? Are you giving them enough time and undivided attention?
A relationship is never 50/50, but rather 100/100. Once you start taking a step forward, you encourage your spouse to bring more to the table as well.
Recreate your favorite memories
Do you still remember the first text you sent to each other? Or the first movie you watched together? Whether you’ve been dating for a few months or married many years, you should have a trunk of special moments that you’ll never forget.
Why not relive them once again? If time permits, spend a night at the diner where you dated for the first time. For busy couples, rent the movie you’ve watched and do it again at home!
By recreating those sweet memories, it will not only express love and care to your spouse but also rekindle the romance between you two.
Now it’s your turn
Try to express love to your Significant Other with these simple steps. Or if you have some good advice to show your partner you care, don’t hesitate to share in the comment!
“Love is in the air, everywhere I look around
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound
And I don’t know if I’m foolish
Don’t know if I’m wise
But is something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes” -John Paul Young
The feeling of loving someone and being loved back is beyond expression. At times, words are not enough to express our feelings, but, a sweet gesture does magic. A special gift is sufficient to let them know how special place they hold in your life. When it comes to buying the perfect gift for the special someone, we tend to begin hunt days much beforehand. We always look for a present that should be different, and they’ll remember forever. And, when we talk about gifts, personalized gifts are trending these days to celebrate special occasions— birthdays , anniversaries, Valentine’s day or just to give a sweet, random surprise.
Personalized gifts are always appreciated due to the thought that went into the item. They become treasured mementos that will forever have a place in their life. If you’re looking for romantic gifts for your significant other, have a glance over the following personalized romantic gift ideas.
Personalized Message in a Bottle: Express your affection to a loved one by personalizing a bottle with your personal message, own poem or lines from your favorite poem or maybe you’d like to add the lyrics of your favorite song dedicating him/her. The one who finds this little note will be taken back in time to age before technology took place. It works like a magical bottle that conveys your lovely messages in a perfect manner.
Personalized Magical Cushion: Surprise your beloved with something that will remind them of you. Design a customized magic pillow with your favorite photo or figure printed on the cover. Giving a magical cushion as online gifting is a perfect way to tell your beloved that you love them and what they mean to you. Decorate your darling’s room with this magic cushion. This sweet gesture will surely bring a smile on their face.
A Gorgeous Bouquet of Flowers: Nothing says I love you like Flowers! And when you are giving a bouquet of flowers, it is the gesture that counts more than any other gift. It is one of the most universal forms of a gift. Nothing can beat the idea of gifting beautiful flowers as they hold the magical strength to display your inner feelings to that special someone.
Each flower displays a different meaning, and you can choose one as per the time and situation. We provide an assortment of delightful flowers— roses , orchids, carnations, lilies, gerberas, and mixed flowers. With the ease of online flower delivery , you can surprise your loved ones anytime, anywhere in the most beautiful manner. Getting flowers is always appreciated!
Personalized Photo Magnet: Display your special memories spent with your loved ones in the form of a photo magnet. Make impressive photo magnets from your favorite photos and gift them to be stuck on the fridge, file cabinet, office locker, or any metal surface. It is an ideal choice to never let your memories fade away.
Personalized Photo Cake: The cakes have become an unavoidable part of every celebration, making them distinguished and unique. And when you surprise your loved ones on their birthday or anniversary with a rich lip-smacking custom photo cake baked with absolute perfection and creativity, they become the best illustration of your love and care. At the house of Winni , you can avail midnight cake delivery at the most affordable price ranges.
Whether for him or for her the above gift ideas for sure would move their heart. These items are perfect for making them feel a personal touch on special occasions. Gifting someone a custom-made thing gives a chance of being appreciated and enjoyed for the years ahead!
JAKARTA – Expressing feelings is not an easy thing to do because it requires courage and a willingness to accept the risks that will occur.
However, there are several ways you can express your feelings for your crush to help you determine the right next step.
Always be honest
Honesty should be your first love signal for him. In a relationship, honesty is an important component that all crushes must have. So, stop being someone else when you’re with him.
Be honest in your attitude and words when you’re with your crush. Guaranteed, he will definitely catch the love signal and then reveal his feelings to you.
Show interest in the things he likes
You don’t have to like the things he likes, but you can ask him about his hobbies or interests. By doing so, he will feel cared for and you will be interested to find out more. Not only that, once in a while you can also make your interest a chat at another time.
The way to express love to your crush is to give support. Whether he’s happy or sad, you should always be supportive. Also, try to always be there for him.
By acting like that, it can be a sign for him that you pay attention to him. If he appreciates your feelings, he will be sure to express his feelings immediately.
It is not easy to be open to someone because it involves trust. However, you can share personal experiences or talk about a desired future.
He will feel lucky to have had the opportunity and will do the same by sharing his background.
Bring his favorite food
You can also melt his heart through the food you bring for him. You can cook something he likes and make it especially for him.
Change the way you think
Sometimes, the hardest part of getting to know someone feelings is due to worrying too much about what response they will receive or not wanting to reveal it first.
Remember that you also have a positive likelihood of being accepted by him. Who knows, he also has interests, but is convincing himself to reveal. However, if he refuses, know that you are still valuable.
Do you love your boyfriend so much that words can’t express it?
Or maybe you’re just the kind of woman who doesn’t know the appropriate words to say to a romantic partner?
Perhaps you’re not comfortable expressing yourself like this?
If so, you have nothing to worry about. There are lots of people who feel this way. This guide is here to give you a helping hand to give you the words to say to express your love to a boyfriend.
But, let’s begin with an extremely relevant and important story.
In my early years of dating, I was feeling strong feelings for guys that were unrequited.
I was doing everything I could to be a great girlfriend, but I could never keep the attention of these guys for more than a handful of dates.
It turned out I had no idea how to connect with the part of a man’s mind, which builds lasting romantic connections.
That all changed when I started researching a part of the male mind called the ‘Hero’s Instinct’.
This is a primal area of the male brain, which makes all the difference when it comes to attraction. Once you understand how it works, you can learn how to make a man OBSESS over you.
If you want to learn more about how I turned this part of my love life around – and how you can do the same – click to read my personal story.
This knowledge can turn your romantic fortunes around, yet it would appear that there’s a shortage of women who understand this aspect of male psychology.
So, I’d urge you to take that leap and learn how the ‘Hero’s Instinct’ works.
With that said, let’s take a deeper look at some specific words you can say to your special man.
30 Things To Say To Express Your Love To Your Boyfriend
1. ‘I wouldn’t want to live my life without you’
Saying that you couldn’t live without him would sound cringe, but that you wouldn’t live your life without him is true.
2. ‘I still have butterflies in my stomach every time you’re around’
Bring back the memories when you just first met, how you always feel nervous when you see him.
3. ‘I’d give up everything just to see that smile’
His happiness is your happiness and it’s true that seeing his smile is all you want from him.
4. ‘I’m addicted to you’
Love is the most dangerous drug that would make you addicted to. Thank God it appears in the form of him.
5. ‘I feel safe when I’m with you’
Your boyfriend will love if you depend on him, and he will make sure to protect you from anything. It’s good to say when he’s showing Signs That Your Boyfriend is Going to Propose Soon.
6. ‘If anything bad ever happens to you, I’d be crazy’
Love is about caring your boyfriend and make sure he is okay. Make him know just how much you care about him.
7. ‘You are the best definition of love’
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8. ‘I wouldn’t change anything about you’
It means that you love him the way he is, and you put your faith in him. This will make your boyfriend comfortable.
9. ‘I want to thank God for sending you to me’
Show him how grateful you are for your existence and that he means so much to you.
10. ‘I feel proud when someone talks good things about you’
As if you are one with him, his goodness make you feel proud and lucky that he is yours.
11. ‘Every single day you make me fall in love’
You will never get enough of him, and he is very charming that you feel like falling in love with him every day.
12. ‘Thank you for coming into my life’
The best way of showing someone that you love him is by feeling grateful that he comes into your life.
13. ‘No one understand me better than you do’
Accepting each other the way they were is an important foundation of a relationship. This way you show him that you don’t hold back anything from him.
14. ‘You know how to make me smile even when I don’t want to’
Tell him that you appreciate how he always try to make you smile even when you’re down. And he never failed it.
15. ‘To me, you are perfect’
Nobody is perfect in this world, but for you he is the definition of perfect. Everything he did for you is perfect, and let him know that.
16. ‘My problems disappear every time I see you’
This is simple but full of meaning. Well said, he is the remedies for your problems.
17. ‘I want to grow old with you’
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18. ‘My friends are jealous that I have you’
Emphasize how good he is as a boyfriend that your friends grew some jealousy. This is kind of indirect compliment.
19. ‘I feel empty without you’
If saying ‘I miss you’ is too plain and simple, try another words to say it. This one is really good.
20. ‘You are my favorite person’
As it means you never get enough, tell him this over and over again. He will know how much you love him.
21. ‘I never cease to love you’
Your boyfriend needs to know that your love for him is forever and true, that you will not cease to do it.
22. ‘You’re a habit that I can’t leave’
This show how much you attached to him. That he has become your habit, and he has to be exist everyday in your life.
23. ‘Just hearing your voice make me smile’
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24. ‘You are the first thing come into my mind every morning’
Knowing that he is the first person come into your mind will make him assured about your love.
25. ‘Thank you for always listening to me’
The fact that he patiently listening to everything you say is one prove just how much he loves you, and you have to tell him that you feel the same way too.
26. ‘I feel like a spoiled kid with you’
Just how much he cares about and love you, make you feel like a kid all of a sudden, who is spoiled by her dad.
27. ‘Your arms is my home’
After a long and hard day, all we need is arms to hug us tight. The arms of the one we really love.
28. ‘You always show me the right way when I’m too blind to see’
When you love someone, you don’t want her to take the wrong path in her life.
29. ‘Your love is like the air, I can’t breathe without it’
This is also one of the sweetest things to say to express your love to your boyfriend.
30. ‘I love you’
There’s no need to explain. You simply love him.
So those are the things to say to express your love to your boyfriend. Try every one of them and he surely be deeply touched! If you are married already, here are some Sweet Things to Say to Your Husband.
Expressing love in Japanese is probably very different to where you’re from, particularly if you come from a western society. If you’re familiar with Japanese culture, you’ll know that a lot of the language is indirect and directly telling someone you love them isn’t as common as it is in the west. Rather, it’s more common to show someone how you feel through your actions, rather than verbalising your feelings. This goes as much for familial and friendship love, as it does for romantic love.
How, then, do you tell someone you love them in Japan without committing a social faux pas? Read on to learn all about expressing your love in Japanese.
“Love” in Japanese
There are two words for “love”, but they are used differently when expressing love in Japanese. The first is ai 愛 , which is a more general word for love and encompasses romantic love, as well as love for your friends, family, your possessions, etc.
Some words you will see 愛 in include:
Kawaii 可愛い – cute
Aishō 愛称 – pet name or nickname
Mederu 愛でる – to cherish, admire
The second word is koi 恋 , which refers specifically to romantic love. For example, you will see this character in words such as:
Koibito 恋人 – lover, significant other
Koiuta 恋歌 – love song
Hatsukoi 初恋 – first love
There is a word written with both the characters for love: renai 恋愛 . This means romantic love or falling in love. For example, a love marriage, as opposed to an arranged marriage, is called renai kekkon 恋愛結婚 .
Sometimes the word rabu ラブ is used, which is the katakana of the English word “love”. For example, young people say they’re “rabu rabu ラブラブ” when they’re really fall head over heels in love with each other.
Phrases for expressing love in Japanese
There are a few phrases you can use to tell someone you love them, but remember to pay attention to the context to ensure you use the right one.
Before you even think about how to declare your feelings in a romantic context, you should understand the culture of kokuhaku , or “confession”. This is when you “confess” your feelings for someone with the hopes of dating them.
When giving the confession, it’s normal to say, “t sukiatte kudasai 付き合ってください”, which means, “Please go out with me” or “Can we date?”
Tsukiaou 付き合おう means to “go out” with the implication of dating.
Without this confession, you’re not technically in an exclusive relationship with the other person.
Suki desu 好きです and daisuki desu 大好きです
“ Suki desu ” means “to like”, so if you take someone aside and tell them, “suki desu!” or “suki dayo!” (informal), then you’re saying you like them beyond just friendship.
A lot of the time in this context, this phrase is used to mean “I love you”, even if the English translation is “I like you”.
“ Daisuki desu ” means to really like or love something, so this has a similar effect as “suki desu”.
For example, if you are confessing your feelings for someone, you might say:
Suki desu! Tsukiatte kudasai.
I like/love you. Can we date?
Note that both suki desu and daisuki desu are commonly used more generally to express you like or love something, not just in a romantic context.
This technically means, “I love you” and can only be used in a romantic context. Whether you actually say it to someone is another story because in reality, this way of declaring love is very rarely used and is extremely serious.
Other ways to express love
There are plenty of other phrases you can use when expressing love in Japanese without actually saying, “I love you”. They’re not exactly declarations of love, but if you say them to the person you like, then it can help them realise your feelings for them.
Issho ni itai
I want to be with you.
I want to see you (or literally: I want to meet you).
Futari de ikō / issho ni ikō
二人で行こう / 一緒に行こう
Let’s go together.
For example, if the person you like is talking about wanting to go to an event, you can say:
“Futari de ikō”, or “issho ni ikō”.
If you want to make it more of an invite, you can say:
Issho ni ikimasenka?
Would you like to go with me?
Japan’s unique dating culture
In addition to differences in culture and language, Valentine’s Day is also celebrated differently. It isn’t a day for men to express their love, but rather, it’s a day when women give gifts to show their love for people in their lives.
Typically, this takes the form of chocolate, of which there are three main categories:
- Giri choco義理チョコ , or “obligation chocolates”. These are gifted to family members, acquaintances and colleagues and hold no romantic meaning.
- Tomo choco 友チョコ are given by women to their female friends.
- Honmei Choco” 本命チョコ are given to the person a woman has romantic feelings for.
If you’re wondering when it goes the other way, that happens one month later on March 14, or White Day. Read more about how Valentine’s Day and White Day are celebrated in Japan here .
Another interesting aspect of Japan’s dating culture is the concept of gōkon 合コン, or group dates. These are organised gatherings that bring single men and women together with the aim of matching people together romantically. Think of it like a group blind date!
Dating in Japan is quite different to most western cultures. Telling your significant other that you love them and public displays of affection aren’t as common amongst Japanese couples. It might seem a bit confusing at first, but we hope this article has helped clarify how you might go about expressing love in Japanese!
You can learn more Japanese expressions in our language articles, such as Japanese you can learn from anime. Read more about Japanese culture and society on our blog.
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We all love our parents, our parents love us too. Things, however, can still be flawed if both parties do not adapt their ways of expressing love in the right way. With parent-children relationships, the importance of it is even more. Despite understanding your parents and loving them, you might feel like they are not helping enough or listening enough–all of which can seriously impact the relationship you share with your parents.
Love in the right way
We’ve been taught that the love you get from your parents is one of the purest forms of love. Even though the intention behind each and every one of their actions might be just goodness for us, it does not mean that they cannot go wrong in the way they express their wishes. With parents, there is expectations, experience, circumstances, everything plays a role. Naturally, to never hold them responsible for the way they love, even when it is pressurizing or toxic for you, is problematic.
Let’s explain it with an example. Perhaps, you are going through a breakup and you’re mostly being sad alone. Seeing this, your parents decide to leave you alone till you are okay enough to have a conversation. Perhaps they thought it was the right thing to do, however, for you, it felt like they didn’t even inquire as to what was happening till you told them. Here there is a mismatch in how the concern and love is expressed.
How to deal with it?
These situations with parents are most likely to happen multiple times over days, months, years. Instead of letting it amount to a lot of resentment, which it inevitably will, it is simpler to have a sit-down conversation whenever something major happens. Communication is key, much like all other relationships. Every individual evolves a unique way of wanting love and it’s not your parent’s agenda to figure it out on their own. The same being with them. You might think buying them that expensive dinner set is love but for them, you putting it in the bank is more love than they can handle.
Love, even when it comes from parents, cannot be perfect and just the way you want it. There are going to be problems, fights and mismatches. Best advice is to deal with it head-on instead of waiting for it to turn into a 3-headed monster!
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If you are someone who is averse to mushy love, you may want to step back and examine your relationship.
Every couple is different. You may have your own beat to dance on with your partner, which may be different from your friends’. And while filmy romances have spoiled us silly with exaggerated versions of love, some people take great inspiration from it. After all, art only imitates life. But, if you are someone who is averse to mushy love, you may want to step back and examine your relationship. A cheesy, over-the-top partner can ruffle some feathers and make matters cloying. Relationship experts call it ‘love bombing’, which is a classic manipulation technique. Read on.
Being gifted something by your partner is a good feeling. But imagine being bombarded with gifts. Imagine walking into your office to find your partner has had delivered five different kinds of flower bouquets! Expensive flight tickets for an exotic vacation, not taking ‘no’ for an answer are some ways to manipulate you into thinking they are too good. Experts say that love bombing is usually done by a person who is a narcissist, meaning they think highly of themselves.
It is one thing to admire someone, but is a totally different thing to constantly praise them. A love bomber will shower you with compliments like: “I have never met anyone like you”, “I want to spend my life only with you”, “you are perfect as you are”, etc., again and again. While it may not seem obviously harmful, experts say it can be a potential red flag, especially if their words do not match up to their actions.
Constantly trying to engage your partner in a conversation can be toxic, believe relationship experts. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock)
Incessant calls and texts
Are they texting, calling and messaging you on different social media platforms all at once? While communication is healthy, constantly trying to engage your partner in a conversation can be toxic and a potential red flag, say experts.
The soul mate connect
They may be trying to convince you that you belong together, and are soul mates, and that this is all ‘God’s plan’. This can be a manipulation technique, especially if you haven’t known them for long.
No sense of boundaries
Suffice to say, they have no sense of boundaries. They may act needy and not respect your personal boundaries. Normally, if you tell your partner to slow down, they ought to respect your wishes and back off. A love bomber, on the other hand, may try to manipulate you into getting what they want by being upset, throwing a tantrum, making you feel guilty, etc.
5 Ways Kids Express Love
By lewiscenter Feb 13, 2018 0 Comment
Valentine’s Day is a really special opportunity for kids to express their love and affection to both friends and family members. While love is a very big topic and something that can be quite complex for plenty of adults to fully process, the amazing way that kids see the world can actually teach us all a lot about love. We want to tell you the 5 ways that kids express love, along with a few tips and ideas that parents can use in relation to love:
The concept of sharing isn’t something that always comes easily to children. But as they do learn about sharing and why it’s important, kids can start using this gesture as a way to show that they care. If you have a young child, plenty of patience and positive reinforcement will go a long way towards raising a child who truly enjoys sharing with others.
When kids are little, being a parent means doing just about everything for them. As kids get older, they become capable of doing more on their own. Learning how to independently perform different tasks helps children build confidence. In turn, kids can show their love by using their new skills to help parents or other important people in their lives.
Kids don’t actually have to say or do anything to express their love. A child’s presence can be a very direct expression of love. Even if your kid is busy playing, the fact that they chose to do so just a few feet away from you is because they enjoy being close. One way parents can mirror this way of expressing love is by being present during family time. Setting the example of putting away phones and other distractions is something that kids will notice and take to heart.
Whether it’s a touch on the arm , a pat on the back or a hug, these are all different ways that kids can show their love. Being able to give and receive this type of love plays an important role for many years in a child’s development, so make a point of finding opportunities to share this type of communication with your kiddo.
There’s no question that kids love receiving gifts. It generally doesn’t take long for kids to feel great about giving them as well. With the simplest item that they found or made, a kid can express an incredible amount of love to a parent, other family member or friend.
Sharing, helping, being present, physical touch and giving gifts are all ways that kids can communicate their love. By keeping all of the examples we covered in mind, we hope that you and your kids have a wonderful Valentine’s Day from your friends at the All About Kids Lewis Center!
People who speak Spanish are perhaps among the most passionate on the planet.
Valentine’s Day week is the best time to give your loved one a glimpse of our romantic side.
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In every language, telling your partner how much you love them is a must. So, if 2022 is the year you have chosen to learn how to express “I love you” in French or in some other language, look no further and keep on reading.
French: Je t’aime
What better way to kick off our romantic list than with the French—and, by implication, Paris, the City of Love? You might use this phrase and conclude it with the French word “my darling.” Say “ma chérie” if you are talking to a lady, and “mon chéri” if you’re talking to a male.
Spanish: Te amo
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People who speak Spanish are perhaps among the most passionate on the planet. Te Amo eloquently depicts the spirit of lovers lost in one another’s embrace. If you want to include forever, you might say, “te amo para siempre.”
If you are a fan of Korean dramas, you would have heard of this. In Korean screenplays and films, saranghae is essentially a mandatory line. Whenever you say saranghae, the response you are probably searching for is “judo sarang haeyo” which means I love you too.
Mandarin: Wo Ai Ni
“Lovers’ hearts are tied together and forever beat as one” is a saying in Chinese culture. So, if you want to confess your love this Valentine’s Day, wait no more and say, “Wo ai ni”.
Russian: Ya Tebya Liubliu
We are certain that even James Bond (007) would agree that Russians are skilled in the craft of love and romance. So, take a cue from them and practise Russian for the phrase “I love you”.
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And the secret ingredient is…spoiler alert: love.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! As you made your plans to celebrate the holiday this year what did they most revolve around? Probably the restaurant you’ll visit or the recipes you’ll make for your loved ones. We use food to show love and we do so in all of our precious relationships, not just our romantic connections. Since food is so important to us and it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I wanted to reflect on the ways we show love with food in all types of relationships.
1. Eating dinner as a family
There are tons of studies out there that highlight the emotional and physical health benefits of eating as a family. It’s said to lead to better portion control, grades, stress levels, and happiness. Beyond studies and data, it’s just such an enjoyable thing to do. Growing up, I would sometimes feel frustrated by my parents’ insistence that all five of us eat together every night, but as an adult, it’s one of my favorite things. When we all get together at the dinner table, it’s an absolute party. I love that we made it part of our family culture to set aside that time to do nothing else but intentionally be together.
2. Waiting for your partner/roommate to get home to eat
There’s something intimate about sharing most of your meals with a special someone, whether that’s your beloved and quirky roommate, or your romantic partner. At a certain point in most close relationships, there’s even an expectation that you’ll break bread together. Beware if you fall short of that expectation.
3. Making casseroles for those having hard times
When life brings our friends struggles that no amount of love or support can fix, the best thing we can do is relieve some of their day-to-day burdens and show them that they aren’t alone. It’s beautiful to see communities come together to fill freezers with dishes and casseroles for families in hard times. Sometimes a good frozen quiche is the best way to say, “we’re here, and we love you.”
4. Adopting friends into the family by insisting they join for dinner
Growing up, a lot of us had that friend who had a standing invitation to family dinner time. They’d come home after school, play legos, stay through dinner, and even until it was absolutely past bedtime. My friend like that growing up is still a best friend of ours and has graduated to coming with us on most of our family vacations. It’s crazy to think a life long friendship all started with, “Hey, do you like spaghetti?”
5. Spoiling Grandkids with food love
There’s a running joke out there about how intensely Grandmothers want to feed their Grandkids, and for many of us, that joke is a wonderful reality. My Grandpa always brought the biggest strawberries to our house with me in mind, and my Grandma still stocks the freezer with parmesan crusted tilapia when she knows I’m visiting. What foods did your grandparents use to spoil you?
6. Bringing baked goods into the office
BumbleBar’s resident recreational baker is our Administration Guru, Aimee, and she’s brought in lots of delicious treats in my time here. I remember one day I was having a particularly hard morning, she brought me a piece of banana bread and said, “eat it before Patrick does.” Not only did I beat Patrick to it, but it was delicious, and it considerably brightened my day.
7. Bringing ice cream to friends with broken hearts
It has been scientifically proven that chocolate can literally reduce pain, physically and emotionally. But for those who prefer vanilla, the simple ritual of eating your feelings with the friends who bring you comfort food can work just as well.
8. Sneaking some scraps to your pets
Some people may argue that giving your pet unhealthy human food scraps is less loving than resisting that urge. To those people I say, you’re right, but I just want my fat cat to be happy. Look at him. He needs this.
9. Paying special attention to dietary preferences
A big way we show love through food is by observing our loved ones’ dietary restrictions and preferences. I’m a pescatarian, which is by no means too tricky to navigate, but I’ve felt so loved by all my family and friends who constantly think about me when planning meals or outings. “They have fish there!” is the most common and wonderful thing I hear. But sometimes it can be really hard work. I know a woman who leads a family full of allergies. She wades through dairy, gluten, meat, and ever-changing nut aversions with impeccable grace and always a big loving smile on her face. Through all that hard work she says over and over again, “ I see you. I love you. I want you here.”
10. Sharing recipes
Not unlike sharing favorite books, music, and movies, sharing recipes is a way we share ourselves and make connections with others. Sometimes families will even hold special recipes secret, only to share them discreetly as wedding presents.
How do you use food to show your loved ones you care about them? How are you doing that this Valentine’s Day? Share your stories in the comments!
When words are not enough, we find ways to express emotions. One such emotion is Love! And the ways to express Love other than words are countless, but music does the pitch-perfect talking. Why do you think Bollywood has thousands of Love expressing songs and still continuing to produce more?
Because Love floats like a boat on the waves of music and reaches to the shore of heart.
Because music is that flower on which the butterfly of Love finds its nectar.
Because the sound of music knows how to connect hearts in a lovely way.
From Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu released back in 1969 to Zara Si Dil Me De Jagah Tu from the Movie Jannat, the excitement of finding that one girl who can make you fall in Love at first sight to asking her to be in Love, music has beautifully expressed the emotions.
There are so many songs to express Love, but the ones from Emraan Hashmi’s movies will continue to rule for years to come. And here are some to let you know why:
●Bol Do Na Zara
●Aashiq Banaya Aapne
●Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai
The list can go so long that you would need a day off from your work to groove on all.
Well, love songs releasing nowadays do break the records on various platforms, but they can never match the aura of old-school classics that helped Indians to know that music is the language of Love. While the songs like Yeh Reshmi Zilfein and Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Me Khayal Ata Hai exquisitely expressed the chemical reaction when love vibes strike in for the opposite gender for being love-birds forever, songs like Tu Kitni Achi Hai and Bharat Ka Rehne Wala Hoon have defined Love to Mother and Country in a classical and unmatchable way.
We are not saying that today’s songs are not worthy, but the old ones are something divine. And there is no such thing like the best song to express Love as it can be different from person to person.
The hot-point is that music leads the way to express Love when words are not enough. And that’s the reason why poetries of famous Indian poet Dr Kumar Vishwas has a song like Dhun. Even the simplest words can do the magic when coupled with a touch of music in any form. And gifting portals have turned this magic of music into gifting options such as musical gifts for her, gifts for him, for father, for mother, and many more where they are providing services like Guitarist-On-Call so that one can express Love in his/her words over a piece of soothing music.
Music has that essence to let the emotions of one person enter the heart of another in a smooth and adorable way. We are not gender-biased here, but isn’t it the fact that boys who know how to sing and how to play the guitar hold higher chances of being the girls favourite?
If Tansen can make the clouds rain with his music, then expressing Love is surely in the reach of music.
Ending this write-up here and thanking you for giving it a read, here is a musical piece:
“Acha to ab hum chalte hain…fir kab miloge. Jab tum kahoge…”
When you think about Latin culture, I’m sure you think about warm people, full of life and love. Yes, love. Love and affection in every sense of the words are a fundamental part of every Latin American. And so, when learning, you’ll probably ask yourself: how to express love and affection in Spanish? Here is how!
If you don’t believe me, you can watch any reality show and you will discover men and women motivated to win the prize not for themselves, but for their families because here, dreams are never individual, they are collective. We cry and laugh watching a football match; we hug and cry on New Year’s; the birthdays of our family and friends are super important; and the lovers… Gabriel Garcia Marquez knew how to describe it best in his book Love in the Times of Cholera with lovers filling their days with long letters, songs, and poetry. If that is our culture, our language cannot be any different. That is why when Latin gave birth to Spanish, it gave us a wealth of words and expressions to communicate all the passion we have inside.
As a Spanish teacher, I always remember with love and affection how fun it is for students to discover that in Spanish expressing affection goes far beyond an “I love you,” and how uncomfortable it is for us Latinos not to have enough words to express what we feel in another language.
Spanish is rich in expressions. When you listen to music or watch movies, you will notice a lot of words to express how much we love the people around us. The language is so beautiful in that it allows you to measure your affection by using different words.
Here are some examples:
Me encantas: This expression is very similar to “me gustas” It’s something you’d say on a third date with someone or in a relationship, because it means you have a crush on him or her.
Te quiero: This is a way to express “I love you.” In a romantic context, however, te quiero is not as strong as te adoro or te amo. You can also feel comfortable using te quiero with your friends and family – it’s not exclusive to romantic relationships.
Te adoro: Literally, this means “I adore you.” However, in Spanish it is another cute way to say “I love you.” Usually, you use te adoro in romantic relationships and it is stronger than te quiero. You could also use it with very, very close friends but, depending on the context, it could be awkward. With friends, it’s better to keep it simple and just say te quiero.
Te amo: This means “I love you” but it’s the special “I love you”, the strongest one. It’s that “I love you” that takes a few months in a relationship to say. Or the kind of love you feel for your wife or husband. Overall, it’s that “I love you” that you only say to that one special person. However, you could also use it to refer to close family like your children, mom, dad or sibling.
Now do you understand why when a boyfriend says to his girlfriend te amo and she responds te quiero there can be a big problem? They don’t mean the same thing.
Another important thing is that if you want to make your expression even more intense and be more romantic, you can add mucho or demasiado to the end of the expression. These translate as “so much” or “too much”, but you know, for us, there is never too much. So now you can understand and use Spanish to be as romantic as a Colombian, or understand why your Colombian boyfriend or girlfriend is so romantic.
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For the first time, you have fallen in love with a Chinese girl. Your eyes follow her. Your mind is full of her. How would you tell her about your love?
Let’s learn some love expressions in Chinese for you to win your goddess’ heart!
Speak Straight From Your Heart
直接法(speak straight from your heart)
Sometimes directly say what you think.
This is applicable to the girls who are frank, simple, straightforward.
1. Wǒ ài nǐ
I love you.
2. Zuò wǒ de nǚ péng you ba
Be my girl.
3. wǒ men zài yì qǐ ba
Let’s be together.
Tactful Way To Express Love
含蓄法(tactful way to express love)
Some girls are shy and reserved and it is better your hide your feelings and go step and step.
This is applicable to the girls who are：shy, reserved and refined
1. Wǒ jué de hé nǐ zài yì qǐ hěn kāi xīn, hěn fànɡ sōnɡ 。
I feel very happy and relaxed to be together with you.
2. Wǒ yuàn yì měi tiān zuò fàn ɡěi nǐ chī ！
I would like to cook for you everyday!
3. Nǐ hé wǒ lǐ xiǎnɡ de nǚ pénɡ you hěn xiànɡ 。
You are pretty much like my ideal girlfriend.
Humorous ways to express love
幽默法（humorous ways to express love）
Try these following sentences: Whatever the result is, you will make your woman happy.
It is applicable to girls who are：easy-going, optimistic and open-minded.
1. jiù nǐ zhè yànɡ de ，chú le wǒ shuí yào ā 。
Who would accept you as a girlfriend but I ?
2. Nǐ jiù xínɡ xínɡ hǎo ，shōu le wǒ bɑ 。
Please do good and make me captured.
3. Nǐ yuàn yì zuò wǒ de nǚ pénɡ you mɑ ？
Yào shì nǐ bú yuàn yì ，wǒ zuò nǐ de nán pénɡ you.
Are you willing to be my girlfriend？If not, I will be your boyfriend anyway.
Tender ways to express love
柔情法（tenderness way to express love）
Choose a romantic place and express your love in a slow and gentle tone. Read her some romantic sentences and make sure the day is the most impressive day in both your lives.
It is applicable to the girls who are： tender, sentimental，and romantic.
The constellation type：Taurus,Pisces
1. Wǒ bù zhī dào ɡāi rú hé biǎo dá wǒ de xīn qínɡ ，
kě shì wǒ de xīn ɡào su wǒ ： tā ài nǐ ， hěn ài hěn ài nǐ ！
I don’t know how to express what I am feeling now.
I just hear my heart saying: it has fallen love with you, deeply in love with you.
2. Wǒ xǐ huɑn nǐ xiào ， xǐ huɑn nǐ shēnɡ qì ， xǐ huɑn nǐ de shàn liánɡ ， xǐ huɑn nǐ de rèn zhēn ， xǐ huɑn hé nǐ zài yì qǐ de měi shí měi kè ！
I like when you smile，I like when you are angry，I like your kind-hearted and I like your earnest. God knows I love every moment I have spent with you.
Express love by saying fine-sounding words
取悦法（ express love by saying fine-sounding words ）
Do you ever remember in the movies 《love actually》, how Mark finally reveals his really feeling to Juliet? This becomes the most romantic and impressive love expression ever. If you are sincere, no lady will say no to you.
It is applicable to the girls who are：honest, confident and have high self-esteem
Horoscope Signs：Virgo, Capricornus, Leo
1. Bú yào ɡuǎn nǐ zài bié rén yǎn lǐ shì shén me yànɡ zi ，zài wǒ xīn lǐ ， nǐ shì wán měi de 。
Do not care how people look at you. To me,you are perfect.
2. Wǒ bù jǐn bèi nǐ de wài biǎo suǒ xī yǐn ， ɡènɡ wéi nǐ de nèi zài měi suǒ dǎ dònɡ 。
It is not only your appearance but your inner beauty that attracts me.
3. Nǐ duō cái duō yì ， rè qínɡ kāi lǎnɡ ， tè bié shì xiào qǐ lái ， jiǎn zhí tài mí rén le 。
You are talented、warm-hearted and optimistic，and you look so charming when you smile.
Express love by quoting classic sentences
借用经典句子法(express love by quoting classic sentences)
Just imagine the movie scene becoming real life. Who would ever reject a classic love expression made by the man in her heart? Go watch some Chinese romantic movies and save some classic sentences then!
It is applicable to the girls who are：affectionate, luxuriant, princess like
1. Rú ɡuǒ wǒ duō yì zhānɡ chuán piào ， nǐ huì bu huì ɡēn wǒ yì qǐ zǒu ？
originates from the movie (huā yàng nián huá)
If I have one more ticket, are you willing to go together with me?
2. Wǒ yào nǐ zhī dào ， zhè ɡe shì jiè shànɡ yǒu yí ɡè rén huì yónɡ yuǎn děnɡ zhe nǐ 。 wú lùn shì zài shén me shí hou ，wú lùn nǐ zài shén me dì fɑnɡ ， fǎn zhènɡ nǐ zhī dào zǒnɡ huì yǒu zhè yànɡ yī ɡè rén 。
I just want you to know, there will always be a person waiting for you in this world. No matter where and when, you know there must be one.
originates from the movie (bàn shēng yuán)
3. Xiǎnɡ nǐ shí nǐ zài tiān biān ，xiǎnɡ nǐ shí nǐ zài yǎn qián ；xiǎnɡ nǐ shí nǐ zài náo hǎi ，xiǎnɡ nǐ shí nǐ zài xīn jiān 。
You are at the end of the earth when I was thinking of you;
You are in front of me eyes when I was thinking of you;
You are on my mind when I was thinking of you:
You are in my heart when I was thinking of you.
——originates from the song (chuán qí)
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