THE key to a healthy relationship is speaking each other’s “love language”, say experts.
They have identified five — words of affirmation, spending quality time together, gift-giving, acts of service and physical touch.
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A study of 100 couples who had been together for up to 24 years found satisfaction was linked to meeting both their own and a partner’s “love language” needs.
Researcher Olha Mostova, of the University of Warsaw in Poland, said: “People differ both in the ways they express affection and the ways they wish to receive it.”
She continued: “This hypothesis involves five distinct love languages: words of affirmation, spending quality time together, gift-giving, acts of service, and physical touch.
“Despite its popularity, the concept of love languages remains relatively under-explored.”
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The survey asked participants aged 17 to 58 to complete a questionnaire with questions developed in prior research on love languages.
The team then evaluated the participants’ preferred love languages to use when expressing love to their partner.
This would show which love languages used by their partner most make them feel loved.
Their analysis found that men and women with better relationships and more sexual satisfaction had used the love languages.
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