Simple Ways to Show Love Every Day of the Year @ KristaAoki.com, a lifestyle & travel blog | celebrate valentine's every day and learn to speak your partner's love language in many ways

Simple Ways to Show Love

February 15, 2017
Simple Ways to Show Love Every Day of the Year @ KristaAoki.com, a lifestyle & travel blog | celebrate valentine's every day and learn to speak your partner's love language in many ways

It feels like it was Valentine’s Day yesterday, but let’s be real: we don’t need to restrict ourselves to a holiday in order to show love. Loving someone is a daily choice! Showing someone love is a daily action as well. Plus, giving and spreading kindness and appreciation can be so much fun!

I am totally socially awkward so I find it difficult, at times, to be the first to show an expression of love. But, honestly, it can be so simple! So instead of making expressing love a difficult task, use these simple ways to make everyone around you feel great.

While this guide is written for couples in relationships, it can be applied to friendships, families, and in the workplace. Don’t restrict yourself from spreading the love!

Here are ways you can show someone you appreciate them every day of the year.

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Speak His or Her Love Language

If you haven’t read the book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman I highly recommend it. It’s an easy read with inspiring ways to learn your partner’s love language, and then learn how to communicate with your partner in his or her love language.

If you are unfamiliar with the 5 Love Languages, they are:

  1. Acts of Service. This is the language where actions speak louder than words. Speaking this love language involves picking up a couple of chores around the household or cooking a meal.
  2. Words of Affirmation. To speak this language, use words to elevate your partner. Encourage your partner and let your partner know how much you appreciate them, and why.
  3. Receiving Gifts. If your partner enjoys receiving gifts, put thought into what gift you want to get him! Start with this list if you’re stuck on ideas.
  4. Quality Time. The language of quality time means your partner will value your undivided attention when you’re spending time together. 
  5. Physical Touch. When your partner primarily speaks the language of physical touch, a simple hand on his shoulder will show so much love. Bonus points for regular back rubs!

To discover someone’s love language, pay attention to the ways they may show love; any concerns they bring up during or about the relationship; or, what they might bring up or request from you more often.

For example, maybe your significant other asks you to spend more time with him, or asks you to put down your phone when you eat dinner together. Maybe his love language is quality time. 

(Seriously, the 5 Love Languages is a must-read for nurturing or developing relationships!)

Say “Thank You”

Don’t you love to be appreciated? So do others! A simple thank you goes a long way. Whenever you get the opportunity to, thank your partner. 

But, you know what’s better than a simple “thank you”? A specific one.

Practice saying, “thank you for going out of your way to do the dishes,” or, “thank you for taking care of the yardwork.” If, out-of-the-blue, you thank your partner for something he does regularly, it will catch him off guard and make him feel especially appreciated! Especially if his love language is words of affirmation.

Take on the Chores for the Day

Figure out the chores your partner normally does. Is it his job to take out the trash? Or, is he the primary cook?

Try to take a load (however big or small) off his shoulders so he can take the time to rest and relax with you for the evening or weekend.

Send a Sweet Text When You’re Apart

Send a sweet text at any time of day to let your special someone know that you’re thinking about them! I love glancing at my phone and reading sweet messages from my other half.

From a simple message that says “I’m thinking about you,” to a list of reasons why you think he’s special, you’re beau is bound to appreciate the sweet, sweet love from you.

Write a Love Letter

Start by identifying qualities and traits you admire about your partner.

Now, think about what wonderful parts of life remind you about him. What is it that he does which reminds you of the wonderful part of life? I mean, life is pretty good; but doesn’t he make it better? Remind him!

Pour your appreciation onto a piece of stationary or a card. Everyone loves to be appreciated, and your partner is probably no different. This goes beyond what a text message can do. While every text message reminds him about your love when you’re apart, a letter has the potential of reminding him about the strength of your partnership for the rest of your lives!

Let Him Choose

If you like to be the decisionmaker, change it up a little bit.

Let him choose the movie or T.V. show and don’t fight him on it! Or, let him choose something fun for the weekend. If it’s a hobby of his you don’t normally participate, he will appreciate the effort. Even better, he might think the effort you’re making to do something with him is adorable as ever!

I’m totally not a decisionmaker though, so I think Mike appreciates it when I choose a place to eat or movie to watch…

Plan a Thoughtful Surprise

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be restricted to one day of the year. Find a gift that really says “I love you”! Imagine the joy on your partner’s face when you give him an unexpected gift out of the blue.

I know. Some of us aren’t great gift givers. If you’re having trouble shopping for a gift, check out this creative gift list for him. Sometimes we all need inspiration when it comes to getting the one we adore a token of love.

Choose Your Battles, or Choose Not to Battle

This is the most important way to show love! It’s human nature to want to be right. Sometimes you’ve grown up doing something a certain way, and it baffles you that your significant other doesn’t do something the way you are accustomed to.

Seriously. Next time you are in the heat of the moment, or upset or angry, try to take a step back. Ask yourself, is it really worth it to turn this into a conflict? Or, figure out a way to talk about your concerns without calling the cavalry. Making the effort to avoid a fight can be a true act of love. Sometimes our feelings gotta be heard, but some battles are just not worth fighting!

All You Need is Love

Simple Ways to Show Love Every Day of the Year @ KristaAoki.com, a lifestyle & travel blog | celebrate valentine's every day and learn to speak your partner's love language in many waysLove is an amazing language to speak, and there are so many ways to show it. And so many people who you can show love to.

These ways to show love can not only be applied to your partner, but they can be applied in the workplace, to your friends, to your family.

How do you think your mom would react if you sent her a sweet text message today? Or, what would the reaction be if you wrote a kind letter to your best friend? Wouldn’t your coworker appreciate it if you took on one of their small responsibilities tomorrow?

Do you think you’re the one giving all the love? Then low-key share this on your Facebook wall, your Pinterest feed, or even your partner’s Facebook wall.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day every day! How are you going to show love next?

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  • Love these and completely agree. After being together for 21 years and married for 18 of those, I would definitely say that saying thank you and being kind goes a very long way in a relationship!

    • 21 years! Brandi, I hope that I can say those same words some day.

  • These are great ideas. Many of which my fiancé and I do. We definitely have to work at the love languages part because we’re polar opposites in that department!

    • Lynn – speaking the same love language is so huge in a relationship! I was in a relationship where I am CONVINCED we failed to really speak and understand each other’s love language – which led to its demise. I learned recently my boyfriend and I have pretty similar needs when it comes to love, which I think will make loving each other a little easier.

  • I enjoy words of affirmation the most; actions are important but to hear my bf express his feelings means alot especially since he’s not very emotional

    • Yes! Words of affirmations mean a lot to me, too, although I would say my primary love language is quality time. It’s hard because many men these days are bred to avoid talking about their emotions, but women in general love to talk about them! haha

  • Fred

    These are really good to know! I like the 5 love languages, they are good ways to think about relationships on a much more deeper level!

    • You are totally right! They are fantastic ways to bring the relationship to a much deeper level. When you start talking about them with your SO and understanding what your SO’s language is, you can really start talking to them in their love language on the daily!

  • This should be read by everyone! I’m sharing it.

    • Shoshana, thank you so much! I really appreciate the comment and share. xoxo

  • Reed

    The surprise portion is great.

    Treat all days with someone special special. Never stop surprising 😊

  • love this post, amazing

  • Vy

    This is so sweet, Krista. I loved it. Sometimes the small things really are the big things!!

  • I love the 5 love languages! It is definitely a must-read and helped me in understanding my husband. Great post!

  • I’ve only recently learned about the 5 love languages, but they have helped a lot in terms of my friendships and relationships, as we all communicate in vastly different ways.

  • Very inspirational post, i just need to follow all of this steps xox

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  • This is very nice post and I completely agree with your suggestions! I have enjoyed a lot by reading this article.

  • I love this so much! Is that a way to show love?! But seriously… sometimes its the little things that mean so much and can show so much appreciation. It doesn’t have to be much, but when my partner makes dinner for a change it shows me so much love.

  • Such a sweet post, will totally love to do these things when I get into a relationship. 🙂