80 Ways To Say 'I Love You'

80 Ways To Say 'I Love You'

Happy Valentine's Day!

I don’t believe that love is something that goes without saying. “I love you” is an important thing to tell the people around you, when it's true!

But “I love you” isn’t something that we only say in those three words. Love is something that we continually show, and that we often express using words other than those three little words.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, and in celebration of showing your love for others every day of the year, here are 80 phrases that can also mean “I love you.”

1. Are you okay?

2. Be careful.

3. Be well.

4. Do you need a ride home?

5. Do you need anything?

6. Do you need to be alone?

7. Do you want company?

8. Don’t worry about it.

9. Get home safe.

10. Go do what’s best for you.

11. Have a great time!

12. Have a nice day!

13. How are you feeling?

14. How can I help?

15. I believe in you.

16. I can’t wait to see you.

17. I don’t mind that your hands are cold.

18. I don’t need sex from you.

19. I feel you.

20. I had a great time yesterday.

21. I hear you.

22. I know you can handle it.

23. I love learning things about you.

24. I made this for you.

25. I saved you a piece.

26. I saw this and thought of you.

27. I think you're wrong about this.

28. I trust you.

29. I want to be sure we’re on the same page.

30. I want you to be comfortable.

31. I was just thinking about you.

32. I was thinking we could go together.

33. I wish you all the best.

34. I’ll call you when I’m free.

35. I’ll get the baby, dear.

36. I’ll never forget this.

37. I’ll never forget you.

38. I’ll take care of it.

39. I'll wait for you.

40. I’m glad you’re here.

41. I’m here if you need me.

42. I’m so excited for you!

43. If you’re happy, I’m happy.

44. Is there anything I can do that you want?

45. It’s my treat.

46. It’s okay if you’re not okay.

47. It’s your decision.

48. Let me help.

49. Let's just sit here a while.

50. Let's talk about it.

51. My hand misses yours.

52. No problem.

53. See you soon.

54. Sleep well.

55. Sweet dreams.

56. Take all the time you need.

57. Text me when you get there.

58. Thank you for being there for me.

59. Thank you for telling me.

60. There’s no rush.

61. This is so totally worth it.

62. This song made me think of you.

63. Until next time.

64. We’ll be okay.

65. We’re in this together.

66. What do you need?

67. What do you want?

68. You are so strong.

69. You brighten my life.

70. You bring out the best in me.

71. You can do it!

72. You deserve so many hugs.

73. You did great!

74. You've got this!

75. You make me feel better about myself.

76. You’ll be okay.

77. You're a star.

78. You’re doing just fine!

79. You’re okay.

80. You’re safe here.

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That's why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.

It's undeniably a corporate holiday and I never ignore that. But we don't have to make it about greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolates. It's the idea of having a day that revolves around the emotion that controls everything that is good in the world. Because of how much I enjoy showing love, I'm totally for having a day to express it at full volume.

With no one extra special person to share the day with and very few friends who are single like me, it would be easy to stay bitter and spend the day cursing at relationships while I shovel in an endless amount of ice cream. But that's never been how I do things. Taking the easy way out isn't my style.

I celebrate February 14th by taking in and giving out so much love. I look forward to sharing every ounce of joy that exists in my heart. I want to give so much extra love to all the people I care about.

Life sometimes gets in the way of expressing love in the right way and Valentine's Day grants us an opportunity to really focus on it. There's nothing wrong with showing people they're being thought of.

It's also a chance for us to really love ourselves, and I make sure I do that. I try to practice self-care all the time, but I don't always get the chance to. But on Valentine's Day, I like to remind myself that love exists and it's beautiful and I owe it to myself to experience that.

Even if it's on my own and it's just a face mask and some quiet time. It's so important to be conscious of love and the meaning behind it.

Not being able to experience the typical traditions of Valentine's Day shouldn't take away from celebrating it all together. Fellow single friends can do a Galentine's Day and love each other. And if that doesn't work either, we can just love ourselves a little extra to make up for where it gets lost.

With all the negativity in the world already, we shouldn't let a day of love be negative too. We should put our hearts on our sleeves instead.

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Why I've Never Not Had A Valentine

It's the day of love. It does not mean it has to be romantic.


If my memory serves me correctly, I have always had a valentine. By that, I don't mean that I have had a boyfriend every single year since I was five.

In Spanish, Valentine's Day is also referred to as "Dia del Amor y la Amistad", which translates to the day of love and friendship. I'm not a big fan of the holiday, because to me someone should show me love every single day, not only one specific day because "everybody else is doing it".

On that note, however, I have always had a valentine. In elementary school, we celebrated the holiday and everyone was each other's valentines. Even that girl (the one who stole your game that you won on Friday because you accumulated enough points to pick it from the prize box) would be your valentine.

In middle school, my grandpa or dad would get me those little chocolate hearts, which are about a dollar at Walmart. I don't recall ever going without one. Then, the next day they'd take me to stock up on candy because of price drops!

In high school, once my friends got their driver's licenses and part-time jobs, we'd finish classes and go to Highway 55 and celebrate Galentine's Day or stock up on cheat day food and go to the park. This year we've all gone our separate ways. We've gone to different schools and maybe communication was just lost, but I'm so thankful for the memories I have with everyone.

This year I'm my own valentine, (which no, it is not shameful) because I learned to love myself enough to celebrate it with myself. Love doesn't always have to be romantic, it does not always mean dinner dates and engagement proposals. Love means calling your mom, your dad, or grandma and wishing them a happy Valentine's Day. It means telling your friends that you're proud of them.

Love means recognizing yeah, it's been a hell of a week, but you got through it. Valentine's Day sometimes means going to your nearest Target, grabbing a bottle of cocktail juice, and putting on a face-mask while catching up on your favorite TV show. Valentine's Day is so generalized to be about romantic love that some people feel alone. You really shouldn't.

If you feel alone, just remember someone loves you for you and maybe it's not your time for romance. If that doesn't help, then I count as your valentine.

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