The Five Love Languages—Words of Affirmation

You may have heard of the five love languages. In general, you tend to give and receive in your personal love language. There is a quiz that you can take to figure out what your love language is. By doing this with your partner, you will be able to better show your love for each other.

One of these love languages is words of affirmation. This love language means that the person affirms others through their words. Let’s explore this love language in more depth!

What Are Words of Affirmation?

Affirming words confirm the truth in something that was said previously. For example, your partner knows that you love them. If their love language is words of affirmation, you might remind them of this statement often.

This love language essentially means that compliments are important to the person. This is how they want you to show your love for them, so be sure to try your best to do so.

How Can You Give Your Partner Words of Affirmation?  

If you’ve discovered that your partner’s love language is words of affirmation, you’re probably looking for good ways to act on it. As your relationship progresses, you will find more ways to speak these words to your partner. Until then, you might need some ideas.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most important times to speak words of affirmation into your partner’s life and how to do it.

Keep in mind that some of these may be generic, so you might need to alter them to meet you and your partner’s needs. Once you read through these examples, you should be able to come up with some others on your own!


If your partner is working on an important project or is getting worn down at work, your encouraging words can go a long way. Here are some phrases you might use:

  • I’m proud of you for working so hard this week.
  • I am really impressed that you were able to accomplish all of your goals for this month.
  • I know that you will do a great job on your presentation today.  


Your partner likely wants to know when you appreciate everything they do for you. Sharing your appreciation is a good way to let them know what means the most to you and that you notice their efforts. Here are a few ideas:

  • Thank you for always taking the time to make my coffee in the morning.
  • I appreciate you making an effort to cheer me up today.
  • I couldn’t have handled that issue at work without your encouragement.


In addition to using the above suggestions, you can ask your partner how they would like to be affirmed. They might have a particular compliment in mind that they truly appreciate from you and would love to hear more often.

You should remember to show all of the love languages to your partner instead of only their top love language. Though that one is the most meaningful to them, the other ones are still important and can keep a relationship strong!

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