This is one of my most favorite subjects to write about. Of course, it’s about love, yet The Five Love Languages written by Gary Chapman is something different. In this book we are taught not only how we love but how to give and receive love as well.
The author explains that the differences of the 5 love languages are similar to the “language differences that are part and parcel of human culture. If we are to communicate effectively across cultural lines, we must learn the language of those whom we wish to communicate” (p. 15).
(Or you can use Google Translate or Siri and they can communicate for you, LOL!) Funny as that sounds, in order to have a meaningful relationship with someone that speaks a different language we need to learn that language.
The same holds true for the 5 love languages. Early on in our marriage, Bart and I learned about The 5 Love Languages. It was fun to figure out how we give and receive love.
We taught our children, which came in handy while teaching them to love one another and how to get along as sisters. It also taught them valuable insights and how to understand each one’s personality, skills that still hold true today as they are all adult siblings now.
What are the love languages?
I highly recommend reading The 5 Love Languages. Gary Chapman has several different versions: for spouses, for children, singles, etc. Meanwhile, when you are waiting to order the book from Amazon you can download it on Audible or Kindle.
Here’s a quick overview of this simplistic message. Although the love languages are for everyone, children, friends, family members, co-workers etc. This series I am doing is to strengthen the marriage. Next time, I will share The 5 Love Languages of Children. SO fun!
The 5 Love Languages are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gift giving & Receiving, Acts of Service, Physical Touch & Closeness.
To find out what your love language is, take the quiz online.