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This Model Perfectly Explains Why Some Couples Have Great Trouble Even If They Do Their Best

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This Model Perfectly Explains Why Some Couples Have Great Trouble Even If They Do Their Best

Have you ever felt as though your partner just doesn’t appreciate everything you do for them? Or, perhaps you’ve often wondered whether the two of you are on the same wavelength when it comes to giving and receiving affection, despite the fact that you appear otherwise compatible? Understanding how your significant other prefers to show their affection can go a long way in helping you to empathize with their overall relationship outlook, and this can help both of you feel better understood and appreciated.

Here are the five “love languages,” according to relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman[1]. Each simply describes a way of showing love and affection:

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Words Of Affirmation

This includes verbal expressions of affection such as “I love you,” as well as regular praise.

Acts Of Service

Some people prefer to give and receive love via actions. Someone who speaks this love language may show their love by taking on more than their fair share of the household chores.

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Receiving Gifts

Thoughtful presents such as flowers, jewelry or even practical purchases such as a computer keyboard will make an impact with people who primarily speak in this love language.

Quality Time

For those who value this expression of love, day trips and long phone conversations are perceived as the best way to show affection.

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Physical Touch

This entails expressions of physical affection, such as hugs, kisses and holding hands.

Why not take this quiz[2] today to discover your own love language, and then encourage your partner to do the same? Once you both understand how the other likes to express love, your communication is bound to improve. You can make great use of this model to better tailor your own behavior to your partner’s preferences and to be more explicit in expressing how you would like them to show their love for you.

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