What are acts of service as a love language?

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A compatibility and relationship expert explains the meaning behind this love language and how to talk about it with your partner(s)

words Lucy O'Brien

Hey, who doesn’t love a cuppa being made for us without having to ask? Coming home to a fancy meal or your fave takeaway? Well, as it turns out, this form of receiving affection can have deeper psychological roots that we may think. Dubbed ‘acts of service’, this is one of the five love languages that help us connect and express affection to those we love.

Woo chatted with match-making expert Louella Alderson, Co-Founder of So Syncd, a dating app that matches compatible personality types, to get the low-down on what acts of service really means – both receiving it for yourself or learning how to best give it to a partner.

What are acts of service?

Alderson explains that “acts of service are gestures or acts that show love and care. They are done with the intention of showing appreciation or helping a partner out in some way. Examples of these acts can include doing household chores, cooking dinner, running errands, taking care of children or pets, helping with a project or job, and providing emotional support.”

Acts of service is my love language…

“Let your partner know exactly what you would like them to do more often. You can frame it positively by saying “I would really appreciate it if you could [insert things they could do to make you happy here]. Asking a partner to do things for you in this way works better than criticising what they don’t do.”

Acts of service is my partner’s love language…

“If this is your partner’s love language, I’d recommend doing things to make their day easier. This could be cleaning the house, making them dinner, or taking the dog for a walk. They will notice and appreciate the effort you make.”

Are love languages even important?

Well, according to dating sites, relationships therapists and many couples counsellors, yes. The general public seem to agree, too: a survey conducted by SoSync found that, among its app users, 81% have used love languages as a way to improve their relationships. For Alderson, openly communicating your love language to someone you want to build a healthy relationship with is time well spent, and is vital when communicating your emotional needs.

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