Originally posted on Bustle
When it comes to different ways to say “I love you”, a lot of people think that it involves grand gestures and big events. But in reality, for many people it’s the little things that mean the most. There are so many different ways couples interact and respond to each other every single day that show how much they really care about each other. It’s different for every couple. That’s why it’s so interesting that in this AskReddit, users gave a glimpse of how their partners really let them know that they love them— often without saying anything at all.
“Love, more than any other thing in the world, should be easy, obvious, and on display through your words and actions,” relationship coach and founder of Maze of Love, Chris Armstrong, tells Bustle. “For when we love someone, we instinctually want to do and say things that show them that they matter and that we are thinking about them. The way to stay in love is to make the audio (I love you) match the video (your words and actions day-to-day).”
And when it works, it really shows. So here are the little things that people do that show their partner just how in love they are — every single day.
1. Tracing Freckles
This person seems to have a whole lot to feel lucky about in their relationship.
2. “That’s The Smile I Love So Much”
So much strength and partnership in these examples— making each other stronger every damn day.
3. Waking Up To Say “I Love You”
Going to bed rituals are really important — and it seems like this couple has it down pat.
4. “The Way He Still Looks At Me”
A look can be all it takes.
5. Special Nicknames
Sometimes it just takes a little inside joke to remind you how connected you are.
6. Randomly Hugging From Behind
Too. Cute. For. Words.
7. Helping When You Need It
Those times when one of you needs a lot of support can be rough, but it’s also where you really show your commitment.
8. Holding Hands
It’s simple, but it’s definitely true.
9. Pickle Power
I am a little concerned about how much this woman loves pickles. I also think that it’s adorable.
10. Cherry Coke
That is really cute but also shows me that there is a level of love and commitment I may never show.
11. Burnt Marshmallow
Not to everyone’s taste, but it definitely shows you care.
12. Staying Awake
Not giving into sleep just to say hi? That’s devotion.
13. Being Able To Say It
For some people, actually saying the words means a whole lot.
Being in love isn’t about the grand gestures and the big moments — it’s all about the little things. Every couple is different, but there are a lot of little ways to show that you care and those are the things that really add up.