This week: Is Your Love in the Doldrums?Edited by: StephB
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Well, it’s still hot this summer and I hope you’ve had a chance to cool off at the beach, at a lake, or a local swimming pool/park. I LOVE going to all 3 places this time of year.
August is National Peach Month. Ronald Regan initiated Peach Month back in 1982. Peaches are native to China and are considered a stone fruit. A stone fruit is where the flesh/pulp grows around the seed.
Question: Do you love peaches? What do you like to do with them? I’m a sucker for a Hostess Peach fruit pie!
August is also Romance Awareness Month. The Romance gods in the sky (Venus and Cupid) picked August to give us romance aficionados a “tune up” since August is SIX months from February. (Where did all the love from Feb go??)
A couple of years ago, I read a book about the 5 love languages by Dr. Gary Chapman and his message has resonated with me throughout the years. Today, I thought I’d share the languages with you. It just might be what you need in the way of a “tune up;” and you might be surprised what your love language is.
Long lasting love is more than just an intense feeling or emotion – it’s an expression, a form of communication that shows our significant other that we value and respect them. Dr. Chapman established 5 “languages” or expressions that really show our partners how much we care.
Words of Affirmation
These are positive words that brings up a person and make them feel good instead of bringing them down. Example: “Thank you for helping me fold the clothes,” NOT: “That pile of clothes is not going to fold themselves. Can you do it?”
Let’s the receiver know that the giver was thinking of them. Gifts need not be expensive or fancy, but from the heart. A handmade card will go far with your significant other if this is their primary love language.
Acts of Service
Doing an act of service for your partner that says I value you. Examples include: Cooking, vacuuming, or mopping the floor. It’s mostly centered around the house, but can include other acts as well.
This is giving your partner your attention. You could go out to dinner, see a movie, or take a walk, but it’s about the time you spend together.
Simply, what it says. Touching your significant other. It involves hugging, holding, hands, etc…
Each of us have a primary language which means more than the other languages. If your romance is in the 6 months doldrums, than consider taking the quiz and see if the “awareness” can help give your romance a boost. Find the quiz here: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/
Question: Did you take the quiz? What’s your primary love language? Were you surprised to learn what it was?
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Feedback from my Romance/Love NL DTD: 17 JULY 2019:
Again, I enjoyed your newsletter.
The heat levels are very important to know so that you know what's expected of you when you read and write. For example, normally I read Lynn Kurland. Time travel romance. She creates excitement between her characters but her sex scenes are left to the imagination. That's great. Then there's Nora Roberts who's a bit more descriptive. I've read the 50 Shades series and find that when I read another Lynn Kurland book, I don't get as much physical reaction from it. When we read emotionally and physically charged books there's a chemical reaction that takes place and as our reading progresses, we need more of that chemical so we move to the "hotter" books.
Feedback from my Romance/Love NL DTD: 18 JULY 2018:
Wrote for you. Thanks for giving us a challenge.
StephB is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. Her summer romance, “Journey of the Heart” is now available on Amazon as an ebook. Can James help Rachel save her winery?
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