Deb: In recent years Steve and I have made it a regular practice to read helpful books on marriage and to discuss them together. One that we have found particularly helpful is an enlightening book called ‘The Five Love Languages’ by Gary Chapman. The author identifies five different ways in which people like to receive love – quality time, receiving gifts, kind actions (acts of service), physical touch and affirming words. It’s an easy read, full of stories that encourage and help us to see how important it is to communicate and show our love in a way that the other appreciates.
We came across this book some years ago now, and reading it helped us understand one another to a far greater degree than we had previously done. Knowing each other’s love languages and trying to show love in the way that our partner likes to receive it will help to create a healthy marriage.