In a long-term relationship, “I love you” can become a kind of closure. People say it at the end of a phone call, on their way out the door, or as they’re falling asleep at night. There’s nothing wrong with this, either. It’s a good thing to show love often.
It’s also a nice way to keep in touch with your partner every day or more than once a day. Here are nine things you can say to your partner to show how much you love them.
1. You look gorgeous.
That sneaky swear word is there to say, “You don’t just look good; you look amazing, and I can’t take my eyes off you.” It means something like, “You’re so hot!”
2. I love you even more now than I did yesterday.
It’s not just because you love your partner more than you used to; it’s also because you sat down today and thought about how your love has grown in the last day.
3. You just made me laugh so hard.
It’s great to be funny, but it’s even better to be funny in a smart way. People often forget how funny their partner can be. This is a lesson that we should try to make each other laugh and enjoy when we do.
4. I love the way you look.
Make sure they know how much you want to touch their bodies. Yes, there are things more important than the body, and some people might think it’s shallow. But at some point, things like this become just as important to your relationship.
5. I hate everyone today except you, because you are my love.
Because sometimes praise that isn’t said is the best one of all. And some days, the best thing we can hope for in a marriage is to be with someone who will always be there for us.
6. I love it when we talk to each other, and I love it more when we don’t.
Talk is easy and doesn’t cost much, but silence is hard to come by. It takes time and work to get to know someone well enough that silence is normal. One can understand both what they say and what they don’t say. And the silence isn’t weird at all; in its own way, it’s peaceful.
7. You look more beautiful now than when I first met you.
Because getting old makes everyone feel bad, better still if we can be more specific: Find something about your partner that has changed for the better over time, like a thinner face. A stronger upper body? And thank them for doing so.
8. I f**king love you.
Try saying this as if you didn’t mean it. It can’t happen!