I had heard this quote a number of times but I didn't truly understand it until I read The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman.
The concept is this: everyone has a primary love language - this is way we understand and express love for those in our lives. Of the 5 identified by Chapman, 1 of them speaks more deeply to us emotionally than the other 4. Whatever makes us feel loved is what we do for our spouse; however, our language is usually not the same as our partner and so our actions will not mean to them what it means to us.
The Five Love Languages are:
Sometimes, I get so caught up in my own love language that I forget that Boneto and I express our affection in very different ways. For me, I love to find the perfect present for people; it does not need to be expensive, but it does need to be thoughtful.
However, receiving gifts is the last on the list for Boneto; for him, acts of service are how he feels loved. For the past few weeks, I have attempted to change my outlook on these acts of service; instead of dreading washing the mountain of dishes that pile up in our kitchen, I look forward to getting something done that will make his life easier.
I will never love washing dishes but I do love him.
Understanding what love languages are at play in your relationship allows for greater communication and, ultimately, happiness. If you want to discover your love language, take the test here.