9 Ways To Say I Love You Without Saying 'I Love You'

9 Ways To Say I Love You Without Saying 'I Love You'

Everyone needs love, but not everyone knows how to say it.

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With Valentine's Day coming up, it's important to show the ones you love that you care. Of course, materialistic gifts are a sign of love, but spreading love and appreciation to friends and family with gifts of kindness can also go a long way in showing people how important they truly are. However, if your relationship with someone isn't ready for the "I love you" conversation or you want to show love to a friend or a crush, here are some ways to say "I love you" without those specific three words:

1. I appreciate you.


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Sometimes it's just nice to know that someone is acknowledging what you do on a daily basis. Telling someone you appreciate them is a way of showing your gratitude and respect for that person.

2. Don't forget to drink water.


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Yes, it's a silly and common reminder to drink water. But reminding someone something as simple as that is showing them that you care about their health and their well-being.

3. You are enough.


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It's no secret that life is hard. Sometimes people just need to hear that they're doing just fine. This is a great way to tell someone that's feeling blue that you believe in them. And they should believe in themselves too.

4. You look healthy.


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Compliments about one's looks can be flattering, but telling someone that they look healthy instead of beautiful or pretty shows that you're truly looking at their entire essence instead of just first impressions.

5. Have a great day today.


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Again, it's a simple reminder to tell someone to have a great day. But what's nicer than wishing someone the best of luck? Don't forget that the simplest things can make the biggest impact on others.

6. Are you okay?


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Asking someone how they're doing is a great way to show your love and appreciation. Being there to listen or to give someone their space is all someone can ask for in any relationship.

7. I trust you.


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It's good to know when you have someone close you can rely on and it's even better to know that someone feels the same way about you. Telling someone you trust them, whether they've heard it before or not, is an effective way to remind them that you have their back and they have yours.

8. Breathe.

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This is a daily reminder I think that everyone needs to hear. Whether someone is having a good day or a bad day, it never hurts to tell someone, especially someone you care for, to take a breath every once in a while. It will help them get through their day and know that someone is looking out for them.

9. Thank you for being you.


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We've been taught that if someone does something good toward others, you thank them for their time and service. Well, what's a better way to say "thank you" than thanking them for being them? Being a friend, a significant other, a family member, etc. takes a lot of time and effort. Thanking them for being there will show them that you recognize what they do for you and that it deserves acknowledgment.

If none of these suggestions seem to express how you feel towards your special someone, then tell them what's on your mind! Everyone deserves love and affection, especially around this time of the year, and all it takes is for someone, like you, to reach out to those you care about! Happy Loving!

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I'm Dating My Best Friend's Ex, But It’s Not What You Think

"I've got my forever, maybe he will be yours."

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My current best friend was also my high school best friend. Her high school boyfriend was a close family friend. After graduation, she knew that he wasn't her forever, and though it was hard to cut ties with someone she'd shared her life with for the better part of her high school days, she stepped out on faith and ended things. That was three years ago. Since then, she's found her forever.

She's found the one whom her heart loves, and they're set to be married a year from now.

While she was cultivating her relationship with her now fiancé, I was struggling my way through dead-end, short-lived relationships. She was there to support me through every heart-ache, failure, and Chinese food binge, and she continues to be a treasured confidant. Which made it strange when her ex from high school texted me six months ago. He's always been a close family friend, and we've kept in touch despite him going on to date other people after my best friend, but these texts were different. These texts were flirtatious and long-winded. These texts felt wrong.

It was as if I was betraying the person I am closest to, and I decided I had to talk to her immediately.

At first, I decided I needed to end the whole correspondence with him. What would she say if she knew I was entertaining such a notion? We had only been texting regularly for two days, but I couldn't keep such a secret, and I didn't want to. I explained the situation to her in detail. I offered to show her the messages, and I was completely mortified by what her response might be. I wasn't sure if I liked him, but I was sure I didn't want to lose my best friend over it. She listened to me babble on and on dramatically and frantically as I do about almost every situation I find myself in, and when I was finished explaining the entire situation, she spoke.

I've been reminded many times why she is my best friend. When we were co-captains on the volleyball court, riding the buses, complaining about the heat, and singing at the top of our lungs, I knew she'd always be the one I'd want to act crazy with. On the day we had our first real fight, we forgave each other almost instantly. I remember thinking, We've made it, she's the one that's going to stick around.

When we almost died riding a Razor because of a cow, I knew there was no one else I wanted to experience near-death situations with.

Because she continually accepts my apologies for things I should've known better than to do, I am grateful for her. She is patient when I make declarations about my life and then completely turn away from my own decisions. She is not judgmental of me, she is not full of malice. She supports my crazy schemes, she carves pumpkins with me, she tells me I'm a "skinny mini" when I know I'm not, but so hope I will be. She is everything a best friend should be and more. So, when she spoke, I was relieved, but not at all surprised to hear her kind-hearted response:

She thanked me for telling her and smiled. She told me that she was not angry, she was not hurt, she was genuinely happy for me. She told me she had always thought we would be a good match and that I should go for him.

She said, "I've got my forever, maybe he will be yours."

Honestly, I think that's the greatest, most self-less response I've ever heard. I continued correspondence with him with her blessing, and he and I became official a few months later. I don't know if he's my forever, but I'm so thankful for a best friend who has given me the chance to find out.

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Be Nice To Everyone, Even The One Who May Be A Total Jerk to You

You don't know what everyone is going through, so just be nice.

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"You're always so bubbly." "Why are you so nice?"

These are phrases I typically hear, and to tell you the truth, it's because why would you want to be mean? The reason I am nice to everyone is that you honestly don't know what people go through. You don't know if they're giving a fake smile or not because they have problems at home or with their friends. Even if you're having a bad day, don't take it out on someone else because you shouldn't use someone as your own personal punching bag.

People go through so many things in their daily lives. Everyone has their own demons and may be fighting their own fights, so why would you want to add fire to that? Wouldn't you want to be the person that makes someone smile after they have been having a bad day? Making someone's day will honestly make your day because you will feel like you helped someone.

Many people who are bitter at the moment tend to rain on other people's parades, or in other words, they want to stop the positive attitude of someone who is having a good day. This instance has happened to me many times, where people tend to want to ruin the positive attitude I have just because they don't agree with what I say or think that they're above me. When you're mean to a person, you give off the feeling that you think they're less and we live in a country where everyone should be treated equally. Being nice is about being a decent human being and treating the people you meet with kindness and respect, regardless of who they are.

In the past, I have had my share of bullying and people who are closed minded and have negative attitudes. In my experience, I don't even want to continue and engage with them because if you surround yourself with negativity, it will eventually start to rub off on you. Self-care is also choosing not to argue with people who are committed to misunderstanding you, which is exactly why sometimes I just stay quiet and let the other person think they have "won" the argument because, at the end of the day, you believe in what you want. People should know the difference between voicing their opinion and trying to change someone's opinion.

Lastly, being mean doesn't solve anything. As hate crimes have risen in the past couple of years, it is an effect of being mean to people. As a society, we honestly do not need any more hate or bullying or negative attitudes. I understand that some people aren't as friendly or outgoing, but it's simple — if you have an encounter with someone, just make sure to be nice and not put anybody down. Words hurt, too.

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