Saying the words “I love you” to let your partner know how much you care is important, but showing them in a nonverbal way may be an even better way to make a positive impact and keep the relationship on the right track.
If you need some ideas, here are a few great options for saying “I love you” without speaking the words.
Leaving written messages
There are a number of ways to leave a message where your loved one will see it when you’re not around. You might stick a post-it note into a lunch bag, place a love note under a pillow or write it into a fogged-up mirror so it will be seen the next time he (or she) takes a shower. Be creative—it can be racy or romantic!
When you go to the grocery store, pick up a favorite unexpected treat or maybe a bottle of wine that brings back memories of a special time. Remember, gifts don’t always have to be for birthdays or anniversaries. Surprise gifts may be the best of all.
Showing day-to-day kindness
Remember it’s the little things that often count the most, such as making life for your loved one a little bit easier. You might get up a little earlier and get the coffee ready or even make breakfast. Helping out by doing something your partner normally has to do is almost always appreciated.
Plan a special date
When life gets busy, especially when there are jobs, household chores and kids to take care of, many couples forget about the importance of spending time together. What better way to say “I love you” than to plan a special night out or even a weekend away. Arrange for a relative, friend or sitter to take care of the kids so you can focus on each other and the reasons you fell in love in the first place.
Don’t be afraid to show affection
Be proud to show the world how much you love your partner. Don’t be afraid to display public affection by holding hands or just cuddling up next to each other. It’s one of the best ways to assure your partner how much you really care.
Make good use of technology
If you’re away from each other all day long, sending a romantic text message or an email can help you feel more connected, and loved. Just be wary of sending anything racy via an office computer, your personal tech gadgets are best for that.
Being there to listen when things get rough is an important part of love. It’s much easier to be loving when things are going great, but being there to support your partner during the bad times as well as the good will really show your love is deep. Standing up for your partner when others are around will help your loved one realize they can always depend on you—and there is almost nothing more valuable than that.
Always remember that loving someone is much more than saying just the words—it’s the gestures, expressions and actions that are essential to sustaining a happy and long-lasting relationship.
-The Alternative Daily