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How Full Is Your Love Tank?


Is your love tank full and overflowing or empty and on the brink of non-existence? Just like the gas tank in your car, when it's full you can go anywhere and feel comfortable doing so; however, when it's nearing empty, you have to choose where you go or how far you can go. And God forbid you run out, well, you're stuck right where you are until you can fill that tank. So my friends, again I ask, where on the love tank scale are you?


love meter

Do You Understand It?

A few years ago, mine went to zero. My tank ran out, after 7 years. What started as a full tank dwindled to E. Could that tank have been refueled before it got to E? Maybe. But I suspect, like many other couples, we never took the time to find out what our love languages were and/or how to adequately show up for each other in ways we both would understand. Yes, you may think that what you're doing is demonstrating love for your partner, however, that's just your thinking. Have you ever had a conversation with your partner to find out otherwise? Maybe not. Many of us don't. And in all honesty, it doesn't always come naturally or easily, no matter how compatible you think you both are. Think about it for a second. You come home every day, sit, cuddle, and talk with your partner, yet they say you don't love them. Or, you do the laundry all the time, cook the meals, and run all the errands, yet you hear that you don't spend enough time with them. Sounds familiar? Well, it could mean that both of you are speaking a different language.


In his book "The 5 Love Languages: The Story to Love That Lasts," Gary Chapman alludes to 5 different ways in which we can express and receive love. (1) Words of affirmation, (2) Quality time, (3) Acts of service, (4) Physical touch, and (5) Receiving gifts. Which is your strongest love language? Do you know which is your partner's strongest language? What if you both have the same love language, do you even know what aspect of it is more prevalent for each of you (this is the "dialect" according to Chapman)?


We all display varied degrees of each of the 5 love languages, however, there is always one that stands out the most. Let's go for a scenic drive with our love tank full and look at these 5 "communication hacks" as I call them.



Chapman's 5 Love Languages

1. Words of Affirmations

These are verbal or written words that show affection, compliment, encourage, etc. Words or statements like; "I love you," or "Baby, you did great today," or if you're Jamaican you'd probably hear, "Baby, you're the ackee in my saltfish," or "Baby yuh look eeh!" So, if your partner's love language is words of affirmation, use your words wisely and often. The funny thing is, it doesn't even have to take 2 minutes out of your time to shower your partner with words that make them feel special. Take a 5-minute break during the day and send a text message or make a phone call. How about leaving a little note for them before you leave in the mornings? A little goes a long way!


2. Quality Time

Togetherness. Not the kind of togetherness wherein the other partner is suffocating, or the "stick-to-you-like-glue kind of behavior." No. This is the quality conversations, the carving out of time for each other, the active listening, and the full presence behavior. And, believe it or not, sometimes that quality time only requires you to show up for your partner and be silent. Oh and please, please, please - put away the cell phones during this time. Ways to give your partner quality time can include a slow walk around the block together, having a couples night out, playing games together, and exercising together. The possibilities are endless!


3. Receiving Gifts

Now, who doesn't like receiving gifts? Hmmm. No one says nobody. I've always loved giving and receiving gifts. I actually thought this one would score higher on my love language scale, but alas, it didn't. For persons whose love language is receiving gifts, it's usually the thought that counts. Gifts become even more heart-felt when they're items that have great meaning to the recipient. The gift does not need to be large and expensive. A gift such as picking up their favorite snack on the way home is precious. One must also not forget that one important gift anyone can give to their partner is the gift of presence (their time). Remember, larger doesn't always mean better.


4. Acts of Service

There is a saying, "Action speaks louder than words," and for persons with this love language that saying is glaring. Little acts of service, like taking out the trash, cooking a meal, washing the car, making their coffee/tea in the mornings, or running an errand are heavenly. Yes, yes, yes, I can hear all the chatter now about not being "The hired help," especially from the ladies. However, some of you all need to be 'The hired help' and I mean this is in every good sense. We have to change the narrative about the roles of husbands and wives; scratch that, of two people in a relationship. Doing things you know your partner will love, which will in turn make for a peaceful life, and get you some extra loving should be on the top of your list.


5. Physical Touch

Let me get this out of the way first, physical touch does not equate to sex, though it can, and in most cases should. Nevertheless, persons who have this as their love language appreciate kissing, cuddling, holding hands, and of course, sex, aka intimacy. And I will add to that, some amount of playfulness. Try running your hand through their hair when you walk past or along other areas you know they'll love, playfully tap their butt with a smile, or whisper in their ear while leaving a trail of kisses. Sometimes it's the little things that lead to bigger things. Never forget that!


The 5 Love Languages Chart
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So What Is My Love Language?

Before reading the book I had no idea of what exactly the "love languages" were. I knew what I wanted from a partner, but never knew it was coined as a "love language." For me spending quality time with my partner was always top of my list. After reading about 70% of the book I decided to stop and do the love quiz. I was anxious to see what my results would be. Well, well, well, not much of a surprise, I'm 50% physical touch and quality time combined and the other 50% is equally dispersed among the other 3. Hmmm, I'm not that hard to please after all; spend quality time touching me and I'm good. Oh Lord, that's not exactly it, but you get the point.


My Love Language Profile
My Love Language Profile

In The End

Each love language is important, each is expressed in its own way, in different individuals. At the end of the day, talk to each other, discuss what makes each of you happy, notice the things you do and how much loving you get afterward; learn how to compromise, and learn how to actively listen. Most of all, heighten the emotional climate of your relationship by learning each other's love language. Check your tank often. Fill up on the regular. Don't wait until you get to E!


Love is such a beautiful thing. It is a choice, it cannot be coerced or demanded and it should be freely given.



Blessings, Love & Light

Deon Cecile


 

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Feb 08

I've always been insecure about having "gifts" as my second highest love language, because off the bat it sounds a bit selfish like "oh I'm materialistic and love receiving." In fact, I feel uncomfortable receiving gifts if I can't give them back in return because it feels like I've received love and haven't given it back, like I'm withholding love from that person. It's one of my favourite things to try and find or pick out the perfect gift for people, big or small, might even just be food that they like. And I love love love giving gifts more than receiving them. It's just that I'm broke and those two things don't go hand in hand😭🤣

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Thanks for sharing.


I love both - giving and receiving. However, I find that I often give more than I receive and I don't have an issue with that because as long as I have the funds I love getting gifts for people and it doesn't have to be a special occasion. If I see and think you'll like it, I'll get it for you. Believe it or not, sometimes it's the thing you think most insignificant that someone may appareciate more, like dropping off their favorite cup of coffee or pastry etc. And, you shouldn't feel bad if someone gifts you and you are not able to reciprocate.

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Marsha Dennie
Marsha Dennie
Mar 15, 2021

My primary love language is acts of service. Thank you for the tips and how to show my love to a partner who may have a different primary love language. I will be definitely asking my future partner to do this quizz so I will know how to show that person love. Also, I will definitely be sharing the results of my quiz. 😀

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Deon Cecile
Deon Cecile
Mar 15, 2021
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Great. I'm glad you liked the article and yes I do believe we should all do the quiz. It would make relationship communication a little easier. I hope🙂

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