9 phrases that are more powerful than 'I love you'
Posted June 22
Among the most powerful words in any language are: “I love you.”
But what do you do when you want to truly express your love to your sweetheart, and “I love you” feels overdone (is that even possible?!) or more likely just doesn’t feel like enough?
These eight phrases can help you express your feelings in a meaningful, thoughtful way.
1. "I think about you all the time"
This sentence means so much because it shows that your person is on your mind even when you're apart. Although you have so many things that could take center stage in your mind, you allow your spouse to play the starring role.
2. "Let me help you"
Many people feel love more through actions than through words. Making the effort to help your partner shows love through action. It also shows you are mindful of them and you desire to make their life easier.
3. "I am committed to you"
Love can be fleeting, so making a commitment shows your love is something stronger than an emotion. Commitment is choosing to stick with someone in spite of feelings or circumstances and transcends love.
4. "I need you"
Sometimes we feel like dependence on another person is a weakness. However, in relationships, being dependent on your partner is actually a strength. Every person has a need to be needed. This includes your partner. Make sure your spouse knows they are an indispensable piece of your life. This will make them feel exceptionally valued.
5. "I'll sacrifice for you"
Being willing to put your partner's needs or desires above your own is the epitome of love. It is an action free of selfish intent. There is no better way to show your love than through sacrifice.
6. “You are incredible”
Praise your partner and let them know how wonderful they really are to you. Words of endearment and affirmation are perfect for encouraging your sweetheart and making them feel loved.
7. "I like you"
Turns out you can love someone without actually liking them. Telling your partner you like them says you care deeply about them and you are a fan. That feels really good.
8. "I forgive you"
This phrase shows you are willing to move past a mistake your spouse has made because your relationship means more than whatever got broken. This is a heightened level of love. However, don't use this phrase if you don't really mean it. Holding on to a grudge and rehashing your partner's past mistakes make this phrase hollow instead of powerful.
9. "I'd pick you all over again"
With all the bumps on the road of life, it can be hard to avoid wondering whether your partner regrets their decision to marry you. Telling the one you love that if you could go back in time – knowing what you know now – you would still choose them, puts all that unease to rest. It's like saying, "You are worth every terrible thing that has happened in our relationship."
McKenna Park is a staff writer at FamilyShare. She's a happy wife, puppy mama, ice cream addict and film nerd. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.