Updated: Nov 28, 2022
Have you ever heard of the 5 Love Languages? I'm sure you have but just in case you haven't let me explain it a bit.
The premise of the 5 love languages is that everyone gives and recieves love in different ways. When you are in a marriage or relationship it can be super helpful to know what your partner's love language is-that way you can show your partner love in a way that is perfect for them and in a way that will actually feel loved.
So what exactly are the 5 Love Languages?? They are:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Now you may be wondering how the 5 Love Languages and care packages go together. Well, we all know that care packages are one way to stay connected during deployments so why not show your partner how much you love them in a way that they will feel loved the most through a care package!
Let's dive in!
1. Words of Affirmation: expressing affection through spoken word.
So how can we take spoken word into a care package? Through letters, notes, or recorded voice messages.
2. Quality Time: showing affection by spending time with that person.
This one can be tricky. If you are able to FaceTime or Skype, trying send a date in a box-maybe a movie night! You could send a DVD, popcorn, candy, and maybe a new cozy blanket. Then the two of you plan a time to watch the movie together. Now, if you aren't able to spend time together, try planning some fun date nights for when your partner returns. To incorporate these plans into a care package you could send a receipt or clues on what you have planned.
3. Physical Touch: refers to expressing and receiving affection through touch, physical closeness, and other forms of physical connection. Now this one may be the hardest when your significant other is on the other side of the world! But! Here are a few ideas. Send some kisses! Throw some lipstick one and kiss a piece a paper, cut them out and throw them inside a car. If you want them to really last, try laminating them. Another idea, is to send a paper hug. Grab a roll of paper, lay it out, while you lay down with your arms open wide, have someone trace your arms, then cut it out and send in your next care package.
4. Acts of Service: doing something for your partner that you know they would like. This one may require some creativity but it can definitely be done. I'm sure we all get left with a list of things we need to do for our spouse while they are gone-start their car, mow the grass, take the trash cans to the curb, etc. Find some fun ways that you can show your spouse that you are remembering to do those things. Pictures? Receipts?
5. Gifts: expressing your love through presents ranging from small tokens to surprise deliveries. This one may the easiest one to do. Is there something your significant other wants or needs? Send that in your next care package!
Now that we know what the 5 Love Languages are and how we can incorporate them into your next care package, now is the time to get to work!
If you know what your loved one's love languages are then you are ready to start brainstorming and coming up with some ideas that you can use in your next care package. If not, have you and your loved one take the 5 Love Languages test. It's pretty eye opening and amazing to see what each other's love languages are.
When you are ready to dive in and plan out your care package, be sure to download my care package planner. You can find it here.
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