There’s an age-old saying that “actions speak louder than words” and especially in relationships – it’s true. You can tell you partner as much as you want how much you love them, but if you never back it up with actions, your partner is going to start wondering how much truth is actually behind those words. Show your partner how much you really do care with these simple ways to say “I love you” with no words.
1. Know his or her favorite things
Showering your loved one with expensive gifts is not necessary, but showing them you know what they like will definitely make them feel special. Next time you see their favorite magazine in the checkout line, bring it home for them – or pick a wild flower from the side of the road to let them know you’ve been thinking about them when they’re not around.
2. Show affection
Many men and women who are in a long-term relationship forget the small gestures of love, which can often be the most important part of a relationship. Grab hold of their hand when you’re walking – even if it’s a short walk through the parking lot to the grocery store – or put your hand on their leg while you’re sitting on the couch. When they look up at you, give them a genuine smile. Little gestures like these really do go a long way.
3. Anticipate their needs
If your loved one has a job where they stand on their feet all day, offer to give them a foot massage when they get home. If you know it’s been a stressful day, have dinner ready when they get home, or have some candles set up in the bathroom and run a bath for them.
4. Do what they want
While everyone has their own favorite things they like to do, make sure you take the time to do things your partner loves to do too. Doing something just because our partner likes it (even if it’s not really your thing) will really show your partner that you’re willing to do anything to make them happy – even if that means going to an arts & crafts fair, or watching the football game in a crowded bar of drunken men.
5. Surprise them
Call your partner during the day when they’re least expecting it, just to say hello. Or better yet, show up with a coffee at their school or place of work. Even if they’re too busy to take a break to spend time with you, they know you’re thinking about them.
Start focusing more energy on showing your partner you care in ways as mentioned above, and you’ll notice a huge difference in the intimacy level of your relationship.