Top 10 Ways to Show Your Love
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
February 16, 2011
Filed Under Relationships
Contributed by Cindi Pearce, Catalogs.com Info Guru
There are many ways to show your love, some of which aren’t material. Although, material objects of affection are wonderful and always welcome.
Everyone loves to receive gifts, but you can show your love and devotion in ways that don’t cost money but instead require time and effort.
The top ten ways to show your love include:
10. Offer muscle therapy
A back rub and a foot rub is a winning way to show someone that you love hem. You do not have to be a professional masseuse to be effective at this. Get out some lotion and oil and go to work. If your loved one is tired and achy he or she is going to love this.
9. Give sparkly things
Love can’t be bought, but jewelry is always good. Jewelry can become a symbol of your love. Think about getting your wife or loved one a charm bracelet that features charms that are a direct reflection of her life and her interests. Your gift of jewelry doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom, although hardly any woman is going to say no to a diamond band; it is the thought that counts. Buy her something that you know she’ll love. If she likes Native American turquoise jewelry or Art Deco opt for that. Earrings, necklaces, pendants, broaches, wristwatches and bracelets are lovely gifts to give to someone you adore.
8. Make it extra thoughtful
If your loved one really loves going to the theater, for example, buy tickets and surprise her. If she is stressed out and overwrought get her a gift certificate to a spa. Pampering someone and surprising them with something they thoroughly enjoy is a great way to show someone how much you love and care about them.
7. Offer your services
Mow someone’s lawn who can’t mow it themselves. Offer to perform minor maintenance of appliances: replace a vacuum cleaner belt or find what you need in a garden supply store and get the riding mower running in top condition. Go to the grocery store for someone who is housebound. Fix a meal and deliver it. Babysit so that mom and dad can have some time alone and away from their charges. It’s the little things that you do that mean the most to people and that show them how much you care.
6. Say it
Take the time to make that phone call or send that email or snail mail to someone whom you love but haven’t connected with in a while. It doesn’t have to be much. A few words can be magic to someone who needs to know they are still thought of and loved.
5. Don’t suffocate
Don’t suffocate your loved ones. Give them some space. They will return to you – and not because they have to, but because they want to.
4. Make loyalty a priority
Support your loved ones through thick and thin and let them know you have their back. Life gets messy and it’s not always smooth sailing out there. There are going to be times when someone you love does something so incredibly stupid and embarrassing and maybe even scandalous that it would be easy to walk away and cut all ties. Don’t. Let them know you love them no matter what. This doesn’t mean that you have to fix it for them.
3. Practice active listening
Set aside time exclusively reserved and uninterrupted for your loved one, whether it’s your spouse, your child, grandchild, neighbor or your favorite postman that you adore and know is going through a hard time. Giving your undivided attention and listening can mean more to someone than anything else that you have to offer. This doesn’t cost you a thing.
2. Model loving behavior
Take care of your elderly loved ones. Yes, your parents and grandparents can be a handful in their twilight years, but you were a handful once, too. Spend as much time as possible with the seniors in your life. Their time is limited as is your time with them. You may find that you are finally able to establish an actual friendly and reciprocal adult relationship with your parents, which is the kind of relationship that has eluded you throughout your lifetime. Yes, it’s hard and time-consuming and inconvenient to be a caretaker, even a part time one, but the love that you are showing by being there for your parents will be eternally remembered by them. P.S. You are setting a good example for your own children. When your time comes hopefully they will remember how you treated your parents in their time of need.
1. Say it
Telling someone you love them is the # 1 way to show them how much you care. It’s simple. Say it: I LOVE YOU. More importantly, you have to mean it. Not only talk the talk but walk the walk. You can’t truly love someone and then treat them abominably or neglectfully. There is no better gift than sincere love and the genuine actions that occur as a result.