How To Be More Affectionate To Your Partner: (20 Ways)

Today you’re going to learn how to be more affectionate to your partner. 

Attachment is a tangible manifestation of emotion.

Because a steady stream of intimacy brings people together, it is commonly correlated with marriage and long-term partnerships. According to research, children who received lots of petting attention in childhood had lower levels of stress.

Other studies have also shown that relationships with higher levels of sexual intimacy have higher levels of relationship satisfaction.

How To Be More Affectionate To Your Partner

1. Recognise when you are in a bad mood.

Because of their attitudes, family background, relationship problems or abuse, some people are uncomfortable interacting with others.

This can make it awkward for them to show physical intimacy, such as caressing, kissing, holding hands or hugging.

Deal with your fears about affection and physical contact with another person. Accept that you are afraid and explore the source of your anxiety.

Recognise that your fears are unlikely to be related to your new partner and work to overcome them.

Inform your wife of your dissatisfaction and the reasons for it. Demand that she be careful.

As you get to know the other person better and address the causes of your frustration with physical contact, showing physical affection will become easier.

What’s more, better communication can create a more intimate and affectionate relationship.

Talk to an expert about this.

He or she can help you overcome negative feelings of anxiety and fear about showing physical affection.

If you don’t want to talk to anyone, write about it in a diary or share your emotions in other ways.

Make expressing physical intimacy a ritual.

Hold your partner’s hand, stroke their back or give them a hug if possible. Physical displays of intimacy will become more fluid and common over time.

2. Find time to cuddle with your children or family.

Touch can help people cope and strengthen relationships while relieving tension and discomfort. To improve physical and mental wellbeing, spend regular cuddle time with your family.

Hugging can be combined with a date night, sometimes with storytelling or even watching TV.

3. Hold hands.

Holding hands with your spouse or children is an easy, painless way to strengthen your relationship.

In fact, it’s probably one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your physical love for another person.

Reach out and grab the side of someone you care about, whether you’re walking to the bus stop, walking through the grocery shop, or relaxing on the couch.

4. Make direct contact with well-being

Touching your children and wife releases the cuddle hormone oxytocin, which lowers blood pressure and also helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol.

The brain’s orbitofrontal cortex is activated by physical contact, which leads to rewarding emotions and can also boost the immune system.

5. Make a list of safe ways to show emotional affection.

Physical affection is any contact that is designed to increase feelings of love in the person giving or receiving.

Make a note of everything you want to achieve so you can come back to it later. Then set a goal for yourself to do this process at different times during the week.

Kisses, back rubs, massages, caressing, hugging, embracing, hugging and holding hands are also examples of ways to express love.

There may be other ways of expressing love that are particular to you or your relationship. While it is possible to develop a habit in as little as 21 days, the length of time depends on the individual.

Continue to stick with this page for many months to make a lasting difference in your level of sexual intimacy.

6. Playfully poke your partner.

A good-natured physical touch will help you find the humor in your partner.

This could be a light pinch, a poke on the shoulder or knee, a playful nudge, a poke with the knuckles or a quick push.

Make sure your partner notices when you poke them, and never touch them hard enough to cause discomfort or bruising.

7. Extend your feet out in front of you.

You can play bouncing on the couch, wrap your legs and feet together, or put your feet on your partner’s lap or vice versa.

If you sit in close proximity to your partner, it visually connects you and makes you aware of each other’s existence.

Physical affection is described as any physical interaction that is intended to express affection.

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8. Consider taking up massage therapy.

Massages, like other acts of physical intimacy, will make you and your partner grow together.

Massages can provide cardiovascular benefits such as reducing tension, improving blood circulation and relieving pain.

A back, foot or body massage is a great way to express physical love for all these reasons.

It is likely that your companion will appreciate it, and preferably return the favour.

9. Repeat affectionate words out loud.

Giving verbal intimacy, such as saying “I love you” or “I’m worried about you,” is an effective way to strengthen relationships and is often beneficial to your health.

Don’t let sending messages or emails to your loved ones replace verbal intimacy. If you are apart, call and check in because it is more intimate, even if it takes longer.

The terms you use to acknowledge your warm emotions of love and appreciation and to make your companion feel appreciated are known as verbal expressions of attachment (1).

This will be special to you, your partner and your relationship as long as what you say evokes the desired feelings and strengthens your bond.

10. Realise that long distance relationships require a higher level of verbal intimacy.

Since you will not have direct contact with him or her to strengthen the bond, you will need to remind him or her quite often how you feel.

This is essential to maintain closeness in the relationship and to reinforce a sense of protection, safety and trust.

If necessary, use Skype or Google Hangout so that you can maintain eye contact and receive physical cues while talking.

11. Give compliments every day to someone you care about.

Compliments are a type of verbal recognition that can boost self-esteem, show you care and make others you care about happy.

What’s more, compliments inspire people to achieve their goals when they know they should.

If you don’t offer genuine compliments, you risk your words being dismissed as superficial flattery.

Look for something that you can praise, that you like, that you enjoy or that the other person excels at.

This can be anything from appearance to a facial attribute (such as eyes or mouth), a social trait, a success, the way it puts a smile on your face or a skill you admire.

Be truthful and don’t overlook ways to praise people you care about.

12. When your wife or children come home, welcome them.

Stop what you are doing and engage in conversation with your wife or children and show them that you appreciate them.

You want them to understand that they are more valuable than anything else and that you have missed them.

Give your children a kiss on the cheek or top of the head to combine verbal and physical affection. You can also kiss your companion on the cheek or lips.

13. Give your wife or children a nickname.

A fond nickname signifies a special bond. The name you choose usually represents any aspect of the person, such as a habit or personality trait.

Make sure the person doesn’t mind being addressed by a nickname; some people don’t want to be addressed that way.

14. Take the opportunity to express gratitude.

Think about all the things the other person does for you or how they make your life better.

In a few words, look them in the eye and show your gratitude. You want them to see how much you like and admire them for what they do.

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15. Don’t think that saying “I love you” is the only way to show affection.

If you haven’t already done so, you can aim to incorporate it into your everyday vocabulary. Words like “you’re amazing” and “I’m lucky to have you” can even be used to express love.

Of course, there is something special about your partnership, including the shared joy of driving a car, which will help you add a deeper dimension to these basic phrases by including examples of something you both enjoy.

16. Spontaneously reciprocate love.

Responding to signals can include reciprocating smiles, complimenting, saying “I love you”, kissing someone on the cheek or high-fiving them.

In these moments, resist the temptation to pause. If you’re not used to doing this, it may take some time, but eventually it will become second nature.

17. Don’t ascribe the title of ‘affectionate parent’ to any parent.

Dads used to be less traditionally important when it came to being affectionate with their children.

However, times have changed. Even if it doesn’t come naturally to one of them, both parents should make an effort to express love to their children.

Maintain direct eye contact with the other person (2).

When you hug, hold hands or pay each other compliments, maintaining eye contact strengthens the bond between you and shows that you care.

According to research, looking into the eyes of someone you care about (even a pet) raises oxytocin levels. This has the potential to make you feel great and is well worth the effort.

19. Set goals for yourself.

Healthy behaviours, according to motivation strategists, can be built by thinking about how you want things to be, such as becoming a more affectionate father.

Then set micro-goals for yourself.

We often break down larger goals into smaller ones to make them more achievable so that we can enjoy our achievements more often.

20. Don’t be ashamed to seek professional advice.

Try seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, either individually or with your partner, whether you are unable to show love or are experiencing affection but are unable to communicate it.

Relationships require effort.

Couples counselling and individual therapy are not synonymous with weakness. There is nothing stopping us from finding support to strengthen friendships if we value someone and want them to succeed.

Thank you for reading this article about how to be more affectionate to your partner and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you. +

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here