Spending a fortune or pulling a grand romantic gesture isn't necessarily the most effective way to make another person feel loved and appreciated. In fact, the best ways to make someone feel loved, according to science, are all pretty simple. Sometimes the little everyday actions matter most.
To learn more about love, a 2017 study looked at individual differences in felt love in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. For the study, 495 American adults went through 60 different scenarios and reported whether each one would make them feel loved. As it turned out, most of the respondents didn't require a surprise vacation or flashy gift in order to experience feelings of appreciation and acceptance. "So it is possible for people to feel loved in simple, everyday scenarios," said Saeideh Heshmati, a postdoctoral research scholar who worked on the 2017 study, in Science Daily. "It doesn't have to be over-the-top gestures." Honestly, the simple moments of meaningful connection with other people (or even pets) ranked the highest. At the risk of getting a bit cheesy, there's something very sweet about the fact that a hug or some words of encouragement can mean so much. So here are some of the top ways to make people in America feel loved, according to research and science.