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136 ways to love others

Love is as love does.

IMG_2702Ways to love those closest to your heart:

  1. Say, “I love you.”
  2. Make them a nice meal.
  3. Take them out to eat.
  4. Clean their room, car, desk.
  5. Send them a nice card.
  6. Write a love note.
  7. Compliment their appearance.
  8. Compliment their work.
  9. Let them pick a movie they like and watch it with them.
  10. Attend appointments with them.
  11. Keep them company.
  12. Help them finish a task they dread.
  13. Listen to them.
  14. Avoid interrupting.
  15. Hug.
  16. Smile.
  17. Be positive in word and manner.
  18. Encourage their dreams in word and action.
  19. Tell them specifically what you love about them.
  20. Brag about them to others, especially while they are present.
  21. Clean up their mess.
  22. Share your treats with them.
  23. Give them the best part.
  24. Give them the last piece of dessert.
  25. Stop everything to welcome them home.
  26. Listen to their stories.
  27. Keep their confidentiality.
  28. Never speak poorly of them in public.
  29. Tease thoughtfully.
  30. Join them happily in their favorite activities.
  31. Read books together.
  32. Listen to music together.
  33. Offer to help.
  34. Bring donuts to the meeting.
  35. Care for the people they care for.
  36. Crack a joke to relieve tension.
  37. Throw a party.
  38. Remember their birthday.
  39. Ask for forgiveness.
  40. Forgive.

Special ways to love your spouse:

  1. Show your spouse and the world they are your number one.
  2. Speak your spouse’s love languages.
  3. Hide little love notes for them to find.
  4. Avoid talking things to death. Zip it.
  5. Never use silence to hurt.
  6. Be physically available.
  7. Share a hobby or be fans together.
  8. Text to chat.
  9. Email to keep track of matters important to each other.
  10. Share a calendar.
  11. Take a walk.
  12. Cook together.
  13. Chocolate.
  14. Flowers.
  15. Wine. Beer. Spirits.
  16. Pray together.
  17. Go out to eat.
  18. Eat take out food in your bedroom.
  19. Hold hands in public.
  20. Make promises.
  21. Keep promises.
  22. Share favorite memories.
  23. Dream into the future.
  24. Anticipate their need and fill it.
  25. Sacrifice time or things and give to them instead.
  26. Modify your plans for their sake.
  27. Give your spouse time and space to do things they enjoy.
  28. Make the bed.
  29. Brew their coffee.
  30. Peel their orange.
  31. Scratch their back.
  32. Massage their neck.
  33. Carry their bags.
  34. Change the lightbulb.
  35. Fill the gas tank.
  36. Say, “Thank you.”
  37. Call them sweet names.
  38. Compete to see who can spoil the other most!

Special ways to love your children:

  1. Play, play, play.
  2. Spend quality time with them.
  3. Spend quantity time with them.
  4. Spend alone time with them.
  5. Eat a daily meal together.
  6. Praise their efforts with specific details.
  7. Praise their results with specific details.
  8. Celebrate meaningful moments.
  9. Love a pet.
  10. Bring them to and watch them at practices.
  11. Sing, “Three Cheers for… the best of them all…they aced their test by golly.”
  12. Read together.
  13. Cheer and clap for them.
  14. Enjoy their friends.
  15. Tell them their family history.
  16. Help them with their projects.
  17. Build a fort.
  18. Go to a park.
  19. Get messy with them.
  20. Wear the jewelry they make for you.
  21. Display their art work.
  22. Have a secret handshake.
  23. Watch them put on a show.
  24. Tell them you love being their parent.
  25. Stop multi-tasking and give them your full attention.
  26. Schedule meetings with older children.

Ways to love strangers:

  1. Make room for them to merge in traffic.
  2. Let the mother with young kids cut in line at the grocery store.
  3. Wave to neighbors when you drive by.
  4. Cheer together at sporting events.
  5. Greet people in elevators.
  6. Pay for their lunch.
  7. Bring shopping carts back to stalls.
  8. Donate items you no longer use or need.
  9. Give to charity.
  10. Offer your seat.
  11. Tip well.
  12. Pick up garbage in public spaces.
  13. Give benefit of the doubt.
  14. Be kind on social media.

Ways to love enemies:

  1. Do good to them.
  2. Bless them.
  3. Pray for them.
  4. Give to them.
  5. Set a good example.
  6. Tell the truth.
  7. Set responsible limits and boundaries.

Ways to love God:

  1. Treat God as Real.
  2. Get to know God.
  3. Prioritize God.
  4. Say God’s name respectfully. Always.
  5. Pray.
  6. Attend place of worship.
  7. Read about God.
  8. Befriend people who know God.
  9. Listen to those who have God’s authority.
  10. Thank God.
  11. Do what God asks.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

~ Mark 12:30-31

What are your favorite ways to show, or be shown, love?

Gray Stripe Earned: Love is action.


5 comments on “136 ways to love others

  1. Julie
    April 5, 2013

    This is something that I do not do well! Thank you! I am hitting the print button:) Love you dear friend!

    • Angie Mc
      April 6, 2013

      Julie, thanks so much for commenting. You are a living example of love in action! Your home is open to friends, especially children. Carpools, youth group leader, grilling poolside (my personal favorite!) I could go on and on 🙂

      I wrote this post as a reminder to myself because I can get caught in a rut so easily. Let’s just keep adding to this list together, OK?

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  3. andrewmstevenson
    April 30, 2013

    Be at ease, listen attentively, be honest about yourself, but never judgeful, offer considered advice, only when asked. Don’t make enemies, just walk away. Be assured, strangers are not strange, they are You in different clothes, different skin. Be certain you, as all others, are not perfect, but you, they, are all loved by at least someOne.
    We live and learn, never completing our task until our time to die and be renewed in another place. If a person did not acknowledge the presence of their guardian angel in life, they will surely see,bless,thank and love it after life.
    Love and blessings,

    • Angie Mc
      May 1, 2013

      Thank you for adding more ways to love, Andrew! Love in attitude and action ❤

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