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It’s a common joking matter that women wish men could read their mind. As much as the natural tendencies of women make this easy to believe, the same wish is true for men. In any relationship, communication is key, but not always easy. Knowing how your partner feels the most loved, and how they react to different forms of love is a great method to help make up for lack of mind-reading.

There are five love languages that give an identity to the various ways that people speak and understand emotional love. It doesn’t matter if you and your spouse have the same love languages, it only matters that you “speak” the love language of your spouse to best serve them. Whether you feel loved through words of affirmation, physical touch, receiving gifts, quality time, or acts of service, your love language is important and understanding both your own, and your spouse’s love languages, can change your relationship.

Here’s How Love Languages Can Change Your Relationship

Empathize Better

When you understand each other’s love languages, you essentially understand what your spouse does and does not care about. Knowing how to empathize with your partner based on how you know they feel loved, is using love languages to work towards a solution. This helps you understand your reasons for fighting, and can help make arguments more productive.

Love languages are good for also maintaining your relationship because understanding what makes your partner feel the most loved, makes it easier to be intentional about loving them in the best ways. If your spouse feels affection the most when you spend quality time with them, you can serve them the best by intentionally setting aside time for just the two of you with no interruptions.

After being in a relationship with the same person for a long time, it’s easy to become complacent and content, forgetting how to purposefully love each other. Recharge by catering to each other’s love languages, and use this simple code to “read each other’s minds.”

Love Languages Are for All Relationships

Understanding what matters to people is important in any relationship, not just romantic ones. Your brother or sister might need to hear how much you care about them, while your best friend might feel the most loved by receiving gifts or letters in the mail. Knowing how to love the people who mean the most to you is the most proactive way to maintain healthy and meaningful relationships. Love languages can change your relationship with anyone, and reassure people that they are loved, in ways that allow them to feel it.