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How to Have a More Loving and Affectionate Marriage

Sadie Holloway is a workshop facilitator who teaches interpersonal communication skills to help people strengthen their relationships.

How often do you tell your husband you love him?

How often do you tell your husband you love him?

Whether you’ve been married for decades, or you're single and looking for true love, it’s never too late to learn new ways to express your feelings of love and affection for someone. Here are some simple tips for sharing more love and intimacy with your partner. True love isn’t just about what you say or think or feel. True love is about how you express your feelings in words and deeds. What you do is just as important as what you say when it comes to giving and receiving true love.

Express true love with kind words and positive affirmations. True love isn’t about just saying “I love you” all the time. Saying positive things to your partner to remind them of why they’re so worthy of your love is a wonderful way to boost the love vibes between the two of you. When you offer kind words of gratitude and appreciation for all the things your true love brings into your life, you invite those positive feelings to come back to you.

Give thanks. When was the last time you told your lover how much he or she means to you? When was the last time you told your partner about their strengths? Constantly criticizing your partner and making him or her feel unappreciated is the fastest way to push love away from you. Choose your words thoughtfully if you want to increase romance and intimacy in your marriage.

Listen to your lover's dreams and desires with an open heart and an open mind. What does your lover want to achieve in life? Does your partner or spouse want to eat healthier foods and get more exercise? Does your partner dream about finding a new career or going back to school? Is there a special place your partner wants to travel to? One of the kindest ways to express true love is to listen to your partner’s goals and then ask how you can help in achieving that goal. Teamwork is a sign of true love and commitment! Supporting your partner to achieve a goal is one of the best ways to say “I love you!”

How do you express true love? With chocolate or acts of kindness?

How do you express true love? With chocolate or acts of kindness?

How Do You Say "I Love You!" in Another Language?

There are so many ways to let someone know that you love them. One popular way to spice things up is to say "I Love You" in a foreign language. Here are five different ways to say "I Love You" to the one you love. (The pronunciation key for English speakers is found in brackets.)

  1. French: Je t'aime (Jah-tame): Do you believe that French, le francais, is the language of love? Then why not whisper "Je t'aime” to your partner the next time you want to say “I love you”? To add an extra dose of love, you can say “Je t'aime beaucoup!” (Jah Tame Bow-coo) which means “I love you very much!” The other famous love language is, of course, Italian.
  2. Italian: Ti amo (Tee-ahh-moh)
  3. Dutch: Ik hou van jou (Ick-how-van-jow)
  4. Spanish: Te quiero (Tay-key-arrow)
  5. Welsh: Dw i’n dy garu di (Rooyn-duh-karree-dee): The Welsh are known around the world for having beautiful accents and lovely singing voices. Saying “I love you” in Welsh to your spouse will certainly evoke a smile!

Now you know five different ways of saying "I Love You". You can include these expressions of love in anniversary cards, in your love letters, or if you are really brave, you could get a tattoo that says “I love you” in a different language! Now that’s commitment, don’t you think!

Do you speak another language that is not featured here? Please leave a comment and tell us how to say “I love you” in your native language.

Can you say 'I love you" in Italian?

Can you say 'I love you" in Italian?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Sadie Holloway