Recently, a friend suggested that there are four traditional ways to express love to others. I don’t know where she found this framework.
As I thought about it, I added two more.
6 Ways to Express Love
- Giving gifts
- Sharing quality time
- Through physical affection
- In words
- Doing things for others – (mowing the lawn, picking up someone’s medicine, etc.)
- A loving presence – “being” love
Have I missed any?
A Reflection On Love:
Of these six ways, how do you express love to others? Is one mode predominate over the others? If you have a partner, do you both express love in the same or different ways? Are you satisfied with how you express love? Do you feel stuck in one mode? Are some of the ways that you express love dysfunctional? Would you like to expand the ways that you express love?
Sometimes we “miss” each other because we express love in different ways. So we don’t really “see” or even appreciate the other person’s love. We might even end up feeling unloved, when the other person is trying – in their own way – to offer their love.
Becoming aware of the different ways that people give love, can help us expand our experience of love to be more all-inclusive.
I would love to hear your thoughts on all this!
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