It's one thing to tell your wife you love her and another to show it through actions. While she needs to hear those three words regularly, actions always speak louder than words.
Here are 12 sweet ways to tell your wife you love her without using a single word.
1. Let her sleep in
As long as she's not missing work or anything else in the morning, when the kids wake up, get them ready in the morning while your wife enjoys a few more zzz's. She'll be so grateful for this, and she'll know that she married a very thoughtful guy.
She might be thinking there's some special occasion (or you did something wrong and you're trying to apologize!), but she won't object to this notion of love - even if all you've made for her is a bowl of cereal.
3. Tidy up the house
Clean the breakfast dishes, wipe off the counters and make the bed. Your wife will feel grateful that you've taken a few things off her to-do list, and she'll love you for letting her relax a bit.
4. Put the toilet seat down
This is such a simple gesture that really makes a big difference. Putting the seat down lets your wife know that you're aware of her and you want to make even the simplest things easier on her.
5. Leave her little notes
Write on the mirror with a dry-erase marker, leave sticky notes around the house or sneak a little note into her purse to find later in the day. They can be short and sweet. Even a small drawing of a heart will be a sweet reminder to your wife that you're thinking about her.
6. Put your phone down
Let your wife know she's your priority by putting your phone down and giving her your full attention. When you put your phone and other devices down to spend some quality time with your wife, you'll be able to strengthen your relationship with her.
7. Make her laugh
Whatever it is that makes her laugh, do it. (Extra points if you manage to make her laugh when she's having a bad day.) Be a little goofy, and do what it takes to make her smile and laugh. She'll recognize and appreciate the effort you put in to make her happy.
8. Brag about her
Everyone loves a little confidence boost. Even if it's a little embarrassing, your wife really appreciates your vocal PDA. She knows you really love her when you want everyone to know how great she is.
It's pretty typical for men to want to fix problems, but sometimes your wife just wants to vent. She doesn't want you to fix the problem she's having with a friend, she just wants you to listen without trying to come up with a solution. When you can give her this kind of selfless attention, she'll know you really love her.
Watching a show or movie is so much more enjoyable when you have someone to watch it with. She'll love being able to talk to you about the characters and plot holes that drive her nuts, and she'll love when you respond with the same excitement about the fictional worlds she loves so much.
11. Pray with her
It is so attractive when a man puts God first in his life, and when you make the effort to involve God in your marriage with your wife, she will love you and appreciate you for it. She knows that a faithful man makes not only a good man, but a good husband and a good father.
12. Hold her
Sometimes your wife just needs a long, sincere hug and nothing else. Hold her and comfort her. Make sure she feels safe in your arms - literally and figuratively. There are even health benefits to hugging. Hugs can help your mood, behavior and physiology. So go on, keep hugging your wife. She'll love you for it, and she'll know you love her, too.
Emily Brady is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She studied Communication with an emphasis in journalism. She loves photography and finding a good book to read in her hammock on a sunny, breezy day.