As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. But how exactly do you show affection and appreciation for someone you care about? It is not as easy as it sounds. We are all different, after all, and you can never tell if your special someone speaks the same language of love as you do. Still, love is super-easy to demonstrate if you know a few simple tips and tricks – and if you do not, you have come to the right place. Here are the top eight ways to show someone that they mean a lot to you.
1. Give Them a Hug
We are all human beings, even if we do not always act towards each other as such – especially in the frenzied world we live in these days. Still, we all need a hug now and then since we are psychologically wired to feel safe when hugged by another human being we trust. Setting aside a few moments to embrace your loved one and make them feel safe and cared for means much more than showering them with money or expensive gifts. Expert tip: do not do this if your beloved is not exactly fond of hugging because you will achieve an entirely different effect and put them off completely instead of winning their favours.
2. The Stomach for Love
They say that love is blind – but a full stomach never lies. If your loved one wants to have a good meal, get your butt off the sofa and make them their favourite grubs. Do not just go grab the phone and order any takeout you can think of: pick some comforting delights they deeply adore and use healthy organic ingredients to show them that their health matters to you, as well as their satisfaction. If you do not know anything about their favourite food, then do the research by asking their family members or friends.
3. Send Them a Special Present
Even if we do not want to admit it, we are all materialists by nature and we like to get presents because they boost our egos. Flowers, beautifully crafted gift hampers, bracelets or wristwatches make for a nice gift for the person you truly care about (depending on the gender, personal style, and needs, of course). Once again, if you know your beloved’s taste and desires, such a simple act of kindness will certainly not go amiss. Still, you need to know that some people do not like to receive gifts because they are shy and have low self-esteem, or simply do not trust such tiny gestures of kindness – or other people, for that matter, which can be due to various factors. But we can discuss that in a different article.
4. Memorize Important Dates
Back in the olden days, you had to cram all life-important info in your head – but these days you can do so by means of electronics such as phones and smartwatches. Reminders of birthdays, anniversaries, the day you met for the first time are just a few clicks away nowadays as your smart gadgets will remind you that it is high time to get in touch with your special someone and let them know they mean a lot to you. You can achieve this by either giving them a present or just sending a text. After all, we all love to feel important to the people we care about – and knowing that the affection and care is mutual will only make us feel truly special.
5. Make Something Special for Them
Crafting anything takes time and energy, and a vast majority of people love to get custom-created gifts as a reminder of their place in your life. You can make a paper crane, a fruit basket, a drawing, or even a birdhouse for your loved one and thus show them just how much they mean to you. Once again, it would be best if you could make something that your loved one would be able to make use of – or something that they really need.
6. Plan a Fun Trip Together
There is nothing like an exciting travel adventure to help you bond with your significant other. You can pick a destination which neither of you two has seen before and drive off in your car together into the unknown. Or, you can book a holiday arrangement to an exotic destination. Optimally, you should find a spot on Planet Earth that offers ample opportunities for the two of you to have fun. You can also go for adrenaline trips which include bungee jumping, zip-lining, and rock climbing – or just about anything else both of you would love to try.
7. Let Them Pick the Movie
On movie nights, it is always best to let your lover pick the movie instead of arguing with them over personal preferences. After all, if you love someone, you can make a few concessions now and again, for as long as you get the same in return. This is one of the best ways to keep the power balance in the relationship – be it an existing one or the one in the making.
8. The Touch of Gold
Touching a person you love is the best move you can make if you want to let them know that you care about them. A simple human touch has a deeper meaning than any other signal. Still, touching is not always recommendable as you are penetrating another person’s comfort zone and not all people like that. Also, you need to be extremely careful if your loved one does not belong to the same culture as you and they have roots in an environment where such gestures are considered an insult.
Showing your loved ones that they mean a lot to you is not as complex as nuclear science – simply be kind, empathetic, and try to put their benefits and needs before your own – at least in the beginning. Presents – be they handmade or purchased are ideal, and so are shared movie nights, hugs, and joint travel adventures. If you’re still here, you know everything about how to make your affection show so go ahead and do so as soon as possible!