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 Written by Writer’s Corps member Stephanie Perez 

One Love sầu recently launched #LoveBetter, a new campaign aimed at helping us learn more about healthy relationship behaviors and committing to lớn being in healthier relationships with the people we love. So, how can you do your part to #LoveBetter? Saying the words “I Love You” is definitely important, but only if you’re ready lớn say them out loud. While it’s valuable to use your words to lớn express your appreciation, there are plenty of ways khổng lồ show your S.O. you care without ever saying a word. As the old cliche goes, actions speak louder than words. With this in mind, here are 19 ways lớn show your S.O. you love them without saying anything.

1. Be an Active Listener

There’s a big difference between hearing and actively listening. For most of us, hearing simply happens. Our ears automatically perceive sầu sound. In contrast, listening is something you consciously choose to lớn vì chưng. In other words, a good listener pays attention with the intention of understanding the other person. This involves not just passively absorbing what the other person is saying but actively participating in the conversation by asking thoughtful questions. Good listeners also pay attention lớn how their S.O. is telling them something. Body language may reveal more about how they are feeling then what they are saying. By being an active listener, you are showing your S.O. that you are really interested in how they feel. This moves us along khổng lồ our next tip…

2. Ask Your S.O. How They Are Doing

Don’t just ask your S.O. how they are doing, be specific. Ask them about that project they’ve been working on since the start of the year. Ask them about their new boss. This sounds simple enough but we often get so caught up in the routine of a relationship that we forget lớn really connect with our partners. This will show that you care about what is going on in their life.

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3. Don’t Scroll and Talk

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We live in a highly connected world thanks to lớn social media. While being tuned in is great for your social life online, it’s not always great for your relationship. How many times have you been caught scrolling Instagram instead of chatting up your S.O.? Or checking our email while simultaneously holding a conversation.Sometimes it’s good to lớn disconnect và focus on being in the moment. Try setting aside regular time lớn focus on each other, lượt thích having dinner or tackling a project together. This will help your S.O. feel that you find them interesting and that you want khổng lồ be around them.

4. Make Time for Them

You really wanted to lớn go play ball with your friends or catch that new art exhibit, but you realize it’s been a couple of weeks since you và your S.O. have spent quality time together. You may feel lượt thích your missing out but compromising lớn make time for your S.O. shows them how much you care. Of course, you shouldn’t be expected khổng lồ spend all of your time with your S.O. but making an effort to include them in your plans is totally worth it. A healthy relationship gives each person room lớn pursue their interests while also creating time for each other.

5. Hang Out with Their Friends

Your S.O.’s friendships most likely predates your own relationship, so make an effort khổng lồ get to lớn know them. Making an effort to get to know their friends will signal lớn your S.O. that you care about the people they care about and that you want khổng lồ be a part of their world.

6. Skết thúc Them Random Cute Messages

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Sending funny GIFs, cute emojis, or just random sweet messages such as “Thinking of you” or “Hey beautiful, hope you are having a great day” is a dễ thương way to lớn show your S.O. they are on your mind.

7. Leave sầu a Love Note

It’s not comtháng khổng lồ receive sầu handwritten notes since we can now easily and quickly communicate through other avenues. But there is something really romantic about finding a note on your pillow or getting a postthẻ in the mail. Small gestures like these show that you are thinking of your S.O. & appreciate them enough lớn write them a thoughtful note.

8. Show Affection in Public

We’re not talking about over-the-top displays of affection here, a nice little hand squeeze or a pechồng on the cheek is all you need to lớn show your S.O. you care without making the people around you uncomfortable.

9. Be Your S.O.’s Loudest Supporter

Is your S.O. working hard for that promotion? Have sầu they been working on a project that they are passionate about?  Be supportive sầu of their aspirations và encourage them with your words & actions. Do you have sầu a particular skill that could help propel your S.O.’s project forward? Offer to lớn help. Does your S.O. need a sounding board to lớn bounce ideas off of? Well, this is a good time khổng lồ put those active sầu listening skills we talked about earlier khổng lồ good use. By encouraging and supporting your S.O. in their goals you are showing them that you want to see them vày well và care about their happiness.

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10. Get Your S.O. Their Favorite Snack 

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Do you know what your S.O.’s favorite snack is? Pichồng it up on your way to see them. It is a simple and easy way lớn put a smile on their face. It will also show them you know them lượt thích the baông xã of your hvà.

11. Make Your S.O.’s Favorite Dinner (or Breakfast in Bed)

It’s easy to lớn just go out lớn eat together và with so many dining choices it can become something you start doing mechanically. To change things up a bit and vày something special for your partner, try preparing their favorite dinner, or making them breakfast in bed. Preparing a special meal for your S.O. will take some effort on your part but that’s ok because that is what makes it special.

If you’re not sure what khổng lồ make or find the kitchen intimidating, kiểm tra out these amazing date-night recipes here and breakfast in bed recipes here. Personally, I know my S.O. loves a good steak. When I want to make something extra special, I like to lớn prepare a nice Filet Mignon with a mushroom sauce (kiểm tra out the recipe here). 

12. Support Your S.O. Through Tough Times

Follow up on things you know your S.O. is worried about. It can be hard lớn bring up something that might be weighing you down, so asking about specific situations that you are aware of will help your S.O. open up. And remember, you want lớn be supportive, not preachy. Simply giving your partner the space to vent without offering advice can go along way. Finding a healthy balance between letting your partner vent & helping them find solutions to what’s bothering them can be tricky but a good rule of thumb is lớn ask your partner if they’re open khổng lồ hearing your advice before you give it.

13. Lighten Their Load

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Does your S.O. hate khổng lồ vị the dishes? Or walk the dog? Surprise them by doing the task they dislượt thích the most. As long as you don’t feel like you are expected to lớn always vì chưng all of the housework, it’s a nice gesture and is sure to lớn make them happy.

15. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Nothing is more toxic lớn a healthy relationship than resentment. Relinquishing the need lớn have the last word and knowing how to lớn let go of things will help you build a solid foundation for a healthy relationship.

16. Show Appreciation

Do you love how you can always count on your S.O. when you need them? Do you love sầu how they make you laugh at the most inappropriate times? Tell them what you appreciate about them or tell others what you appreciate about your S.O. when you are together in a group. Also, saying thank you goes a long way. Be specific và show your S.O. what you are thankful for, this could even mean thanking them for just being them!

17. Celebrate What Makes Them Unique

All of us want to feel accepted and appreciated, especially by the people we love sầu. Celebrate your S.O.’s little quirks và let them be themselves. By doing this, you create a safe space for your S.O. lớn let their guard down and be their true selves.

18. Be Spontaneous

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Surprise your S.O. with tickets to a game, khổng lồ see their favorite band, a special exhibit, or a mini-getaway to lớn their favorite destination. Watching their face light up when you surprise them is probably the best gift you can receive & is a fun way to lớn show them you love them.

19. Ask For Advice

Seeking your S.O.’s opinion isn’t really about needing help to lớn make a decision, but more of a gesture lớn show that you value what they have lớn say and you want them to lớn be a part of whatever you are doing.

Do your part to lớn make the world a kinder và more loving place. Learn more about healthy relationships và why we should all #LoveBetter.


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