Summer has arrived, bringing with her a suitcase of sunshine. Here in Portland, it seems that everyone has awakened from their winter slumber, the smell of BBQ is in the air, smiling faces, a bicyclist rides by with two little boys in tow, and the nearby parks welcome the stream of star gazers, campfires, and fishing poles.
The beauty of long summer days is that they create ample space for connection with others, giving us an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and cultivate new ones. What I love about the 5 love languages is that they offer us an opportunity to deepen our awareness of how we perceive and show our love to the people we care about in our lives.
The 5 Love Languages is a book written by Dr. Gary Chapman, an intimacy expert. They were written to help us explore how we express and receive love, and offer an opportunity to better understand ourselves and our loved ones so that we can connect to one another in a meaningful way.
The love languages are: physical touch, words of affirmation, gifts, quality time, and acts of service. We each have a a love language that works best for how we are wired to receive love. This is so important because many of us feel lonely or unloved throughout our lives and our relationships. As we learn more about how we can best receive love, it creates space for our relationships to blossom and to fill a much needed space within with warmth, comfort, and of course, love.