Do You Speak In A “Love Language”?

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Balance is an important topic in my roundtables.  Many business owners spend years building successful companies only to discover a disconnect when they finally feel they have the time to enjoy the fruits of their labor with the people they love.    I recently received the book “The 5 Love Languages” as a gift.What makes this worth sharing?  The best-selling book by Dr. Gary Chapman identifies the challenges many owners face today.  Chapman extols couples to constantly work on their marriage to keep it strong and healthy.  “Meeting my wife’s need for love is a choice I make each day.  If I know her primary love language and choose to speak it, her deepest emotional need will be met and she will feel secure in my love.  If she does the same for me, my emotional needs are met and both of us live with a full tank”.
Here are the five Love Languages for couples to communicate and express love for each other:
Words of affirmation
We often take our loved ones for granted.  It’s important to communicate out loud love, compliments, and reminders of how much we care for them.
Quality time
The gift of time and attention shows your spouse is important. When your mate has had a bad day and just needs someone to talk to, listen attentively without offering solutions.Receiving gifts
Gifts come in many forms. True gifts are given from a place of genuine affection and admiration.  It shows when you put time and effort into picking a gift especially intended for the one you love. Gestures are gifts as well: a smile, a simple hug.
Acts of service
Effective communication is also shown in actions: share the house cleaning, grocery shopping and transporting the children.
Physical touch
Remember the excitement you felt when you first met? Physical touch releases powerful and wonderful feelings inside of us. Making love is only one expression of physical touch. It’s the little things that really display love in a relationship.According to Chapman, the need to feel loved by one’s spouse is at the heart of marital desires.  What good is the successful business, a big house, the cars, acclaim and power without love?  More than anything, we want to love and be loved.”
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