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Words of affirmation: more than just compliments

This is a “make-up” post for one of the #LoveBlog prompts I missed over Valentine’s Day weekend. “Words of affirmation” was the prompt for Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Words of affirmation is one of my top love languages (it and physical touch vie for the top spot). I love to read, love to write, and ended up being an English teacher who teaches both to teenagers; it just makes sense that words would mean a lot to me in my personal relationships as well. Continue reading “Words of affirmation: more than just compliments”

The 5 Love Languages are not just about romance

February. The month of LOVE.

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The thing about love is that there are different types. The thing about relationships is that they aren’t just romantic.

The thing about love languages is that you need to know more than just your significant other’s.

  
It may be a little hypocritical of me to make that statement. I am by no means an expert in my friends and family’s love language. I would be hard pressed to say any of them with much certainty.

Another disclaimer I should make is that I have not read the 5 Love Languages book. I did read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman, the author of the love languages book, that had a chapter on the love languages, but I am by no means an expert in love languages in general, or how to apply that knowledge to your relationship with a significant other, or with anyone else. However, I don’t think you have to be.

You don’t have to bombard everyone in your life with the quiz just to love them the best you can. I think a little observation and critical thinking can help you identify the ways you can best speak love to those in your life. It’s not that everyone shows love in the exact same way that they enjoy being shown love, but it is sometimes the case. By being mindful of the people in our lives, I think we can sometimes learn how to better serve them. Continue reading “The 5 Love Languages are not just about romance”

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