The languages of love

Showing your love and affection on Valentine's and throughout the year

Article by Dr. Aliya Sheriff, Licensed Psychologist/Co-Founder Ivy Health Network

Photography by Dr. Aliya Sheriff and Adobe Stock Photos

Originally published in Southlake City Lifestyle

Each year on Valentine's Day we find ways to express love and affection toward those who hold a special place in our hearts. This year let's embrace the uniqueness of each relationship and celebrate the diverse ways people express and experience love. Consider exploring personalized gestures that resonate with your loved one’s individuality.

Understanding love languages, according to the book by Dr. Gary Chapman, adds depth to this celebration. Each person has a unique way of giving and receiving love, be it through words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time or physical touch. Recognizing your loved one’s language can make Valentine's Day gestures more meaningful.

Consider an experience that aligns with shared interests. Whether it's embarking on a spontaneous road trip, cooking a new recipe together or stargazing under the night sky, the possibilities are endless. Celebrate the quirks, the inside jokes and the moments that define your connection. Write a heartfelt letter, create a playlist of meaningful songs or reminisce about cherished memories. The true essence of love lies in authenticity and understanding.

Let Valentine's Day be a starting point rather than a culmination. To truly nurture a relationship, continue expressing love throughout the year. Small, consistent gestures can include spontaneous acts of kindness, regular date nights or simply taking the time to understand and appreciate each other's needs.

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