Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  We are all very different people and we know what we like. But…  do we know what our partners, friends, and families like? We are so good at our own love language that we sometimes do that to show others how we care. Your challenge this week is to figure out the love language of someone else! Pay attention to how they respond to the different love languages and observe which they prefer. Whether you are single or not, the languages of love can be used in relationships of any kind to show those you care for that you appreciate them!

  1. Physical Touch could be a hug, a hand on the shoulder, holding hands, cuddling, a kiss, a massage, or simply sitting close to someone. Let’s not forget sex. That’s definitely a physical touch to share love. Give out hugs and high-fives this week. It will make people smile!

2. Words of Affirmation.  There are many words of affirmation. I love you and especially telling them why you love them. Encourage them, tell them how proud of them you are, compliment them, and tell them they are doing a good job. A great way to share words of affirmation is through sticky notes! Those are my favorite. Leave someone a sticky note with kind words this week!

3. Quality time is going to vary for each person. Maybe go for a walk together, play a board game, cook together, have a conversation over dinner, or have a date night. Put down the device and really focus on the person you are with. On Valentine’s Day, you can go to Monnik Beer Company at 7 pm and enjoy quality time with a friend while experiencing Louisville Silent Disco! This is one of my favorite things to do!

4. Gift Giving. Some people love to get gifts. This makes them feel showered with love through thoughtfulness. You could send flowers, buy them something that they love, or get them their favorite treat. If you want to get really fancy, make their favorite treat. If you want a suggestion on where to get favorite treats this week, go to Annie May’s Sweet Cafe or Sweet Surrender. They do not disappoint! You can also stop by NULU’s Valentine’s Open House Saturday 10 am – 10 pm for some shopping!

5. Acts of service allow the other person to relax a little. It takes a little stress or responsibility off their shoulders. Do the dishes, do the laundry, run the errands, or doing something they need done without being asked! For a local act of service, stop by Mile Wide Beer Company for Doug Day this Sunday, February 10 from 1 pm to 5 pm. It’s going to be a great day of dog love, great beer, and loving people in support of the Humane Society.

Show someone you care about them this week. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about couples. Find a local event and allow yourself to feel the love and allow yourself to share the love languages with friends, family, your significant other, and your pets.

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