How to show affection
The word “Affection” holds a different meaning for different people. Affection is shown in different ways. You might be affectionate but not in the same way as your partner. And that’s completely fine, not every couple matches perfectly in this case. Sometimes, we think a grand gesture is a way to show affection to someone but actually, there are small affirmations that count as affection (but might not be the same for some).
There are many ways to show affection towards someone, and it can be more than just showering the other person with expensive gifts. It can be just spending the entire day with your partner or it can be just a simple hug. So, no matter what your love language is, showing affection to your loved one is an important part of any healthy relationship.
If you are wondering how you can be more affectionate and what are some gestures to show affection to your partner, here are some of the ways that would surely help you out.
- Change your Routine
If you want to show more affection to your partner, why don’t you try to change your routine a little? Why don’t you take breakfast in bed for your loved one? Make their favorite breakfast. And whenever you go shopping or hang out, hold their hand randomly. These are small gestures to show your affection. And trust me; your partner would adore these gestures.
- Show appreciation
We often forget appreciating our partner for the things they do for us and slowly start taking them for granted. This is how we stop showing affection to our partner. So, if your partner helps you out in your project or any chore, let them know how much you appreciate them. We always crave for appreciation, so when someone says “thank you”, don’t we feel good about ourselves. We do, right! So, appreciate your partner often!
- Reward your partner
If your partner shows affection towards you, reward them. Positive reinforcement can work wonders to promote affectionate behavior. By rewarding the, they will want to do it again.
- Be intimate
Intimacy is one of the important elements in any relationship. You should focus on being intimate with your partner to be more affectionate. Showing intimacy and affections are simultaneous. If you are in a relationship with no intimacy, there won’t be any affection. So, if you want to keep your relationship alive, intimacy is very important. So, do not let that intimate spark go away!
- Get Flirty
When you get into a relationship, sometimes you forget what it’s like to flirt with someone. Just because now you are together doesn’t mean that you can flirt anymore. Flirting is not only fun but increases intimacy and chemistry between the couple. And this would ultimately lead you to be more affectionate.
- Spend quality time together
No matter how busy you are, spending time with your partner is important to make a relationship alive. When you spend time with your partner, you get to know more about each other and make sure you talk to each other about your daily routine and work. You can plan a date night or go for a walk together or plan a movie together or anything that you both love. It will give you a good time to reconnect with each other and show more affection towards each other. Giving them your time is small but a thoughtful way to show you care.
You can meet up on a lunch break, commute home together if you both are working. You can also figure out what works best for both of you and plan a date night or anything that suits you both.
When your significant other show affection, accept it and reciprocate. Suppose, if they hug you, hug them tightly and also you can place a kiss on their cheeks, lips, or forehead. This will increase the level of affection between you and your partner.
Cuddling can not only get things going, but it’s a way to bond with your partner. You can watch any show or TV and get on the couch or bed and cuddle with your partner while watching. It’s a great way to increase bind and show affection.
- Affirm that you care for them
Make a habit of affirming your love and care for your loved one on a daily basis. Say “I Love You” regularly or express your love verbally in one or the other way.
- Do something unexpected
When you do something different and unexpected for your partner, it can trigger endorphins in the brain and they might get excited and love you all the more. And it’s not necessary to have a huge gesture in order to so something unexpected, even small acts like sending a sweet text randomly while you both are at work or leave small notes. These little gestures would show your partner how much you love and care.
- Physical Touch
Physical touch can build up chemistry and intimacy between a couple. You can just reach out and grab your partner’s hand while walking down the street. Give them a kiss before you head to the office. People feel more secure in a relationship if romantic touch is present.
Physical touch can also resolve conflict quicker and it also provides affirmation about your affection towards each other. But it should be highly emotional and passionate.
Showing affection is important in every relationship because it makes your partner feel good about themselves and ultimately it’s a key to a happy relationship.