Different Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

Woman holding lovingly onto a man's arm while he drives

Sometimes the best way to express your love and gratitude towards your partner isn’t always just saying ‘I love you’. There are many different ways to say I love you and show your partner how much you care, and it’s often the smallest gestures that have the biggest impact. 

Pay attention

This is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to show your love and gratitude towards your partner. Take note of their likes and dislikes, adjust to their little habits and quirks, and most importantly – be a shoulder to cry on. If your significant other has had a bad day, they’ll need to come home and load this all off onto someone.

"Money doesn’t buy happiness, and expensive gifts aren’t required for a loving and supportive relationship."

Let them know you’re thinking about them

Money doesn’t buy happiness, and expensive gifts aren’t required for a loving and supportive relationship. However, grabbing their favorite candy from the store on your way home is a small but thoughtful gesture, and it lets them know that you’re thinking about them. 

Include them in your future plans

It’s important to discuss future plans to check that your dreams and aspirations align with each other’s, however including your partner in your personal goals shows them that you are thinking about them in the long run and that you see a future with them. 

Spend time with their friends

Even if you find your partner’s friends immature, or just plain irritating - their friends are a part of their life, and therefore should be included in yours. Spending time with their friends, especially when you aren’t their number 1 fan, shows that you care and able to sometimes prioritize your partner’s happiness above your own. 

Show them affection

Whether you enjoy public displays of affection or prefer to save your physical interactions for the comfort and privacy of your own home, showing your partner affection makes them feel loved and reminds them that you are attracted to them. Should this be holding hands on the sofa, a kiss goodbye or holding each other in bed – a little affection goes a long way! 

Tell them

As well as all the subtle actions to show your affection for someone, sometimes the best way is to just tell them. Let them know you think they look great in their outfit, tell them of how much they make you smile, and remind them of why you fell for them in the first place. 

Admittedly, we all get caught up in our daily busy schedules that we forget to leave any time for romance or appreciation of your significant other. By making a conscious effort to use one of these tips on a regular basis, not only will your partner feel appreciated and loved, but it will also bring you both closer together and form an even stronger bond and relationship.