Sometimes actions speak more than words. Sure, hearing “I love you” every now and then is something every partner wishes to hear, but take puppies for example. They don’t need to speak to show that they love us with every little molecule they have. They just show us. It is the time we also learn how to show that we care, in a human kind of way. Here’s what you can do so that your relationship will keep growing and developing, setting your romantic life on a puffy cloud.

  1. Be their friend first

Sure, you are their partner in life; you are entitled to be lovey-dovey. But when they reach a point when they can’t offer you the affection or attention that you want, become the honest, gentle and caring friend they can depend on. Offer them a shoulder to cry on. Give them advice. Be patient. Listen to them. Most of the times, this manages to convey “I love you” even better than saying it out loud every day.

  1. Make them feel special

In other words, let them know that you love them for who they are as a person. Don’t give them the classical, impersonal gifts that you can give to every John or Jane Doe. Make them something that they will know was custom made for them. Do they like to read? Write them a poem. Do they love to joke? Laugh at what they say. You can also make handcrafted gifts, like twin friendship bracelets or dye a simple shirt in his favorite colors. You can also go for coupons – not the regular market coupons, but personalized coupons that offer, say, “free massages from your significant other.”

  1. Know when to say you’re sorry

One can say a lot about their partner if they see they care enough to step down from a fight. So every now and then, tell them that you’re sorry – even though you were right. Sounds insane, right? But this will prove that you care more about them than winning a stupid little argument which you’ll actually laugh about in two weeks time.

  1. Do something spontaneous

Grab your partner’s hand and do something that will surprise them. Go to the movies, whisk them on a vacation, or simply cook them an unplanned dinner. These unexpected gestures show that you care, and they will appreciate that you had them in your mind enough to surprise them with something they like.

  1. Write them a love letter

It sounds cheesy, we know. But the fact that it’s a lost practice will make their hearts skip a beat for sure. There’s something sweet about reading your partner’s feeling in their own handwriting. For a better old-school romantic punch, place it in an envelope and mail it to your partner – but don’t forget to keep it a secret from them until it arrives.

So, if you want to show your partner that you care, you need to remember: “Actions speak louder than words.” At the same time, you need to remember that the right words accompanied by the right actions can also do the charm beautifully.