If you’re like me, building relationships with your family is probably high on your wishlist this year. As my gift to you this holiday season, I want to let you in on two free online resources that have generated lots of conversation, laughter, and ultimately, understanding, in our home.
The first is the 5 Love Languages Profile test. I love this tool so much! This online profile is based on Gary D. Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts. In it, Dr. Chapman identifies five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. He says that understanding each language, as well as understanding which language is primary to your spouse (or child) is the key to emotionally communicating your love for them effectively. This book and the concepts within revolutionized our marriage and our family. Since the original book was published, Dr. Chapman has written related versions that are specifically for men, singles, children, teenagers, military families, and even the application of these principles specifically in the workplace. These are well worth a look! I promise these concepts will generate some real “light bulb” moments for you and your loved ones.
The second resource I wanted to tell you about is the 16 Personalities Test. It is a simplified, user-friendly test based on the Myers-Briggs personality types and only takes about 12 minutes to complete. This tool identifies what makes you tick and why, and then gives you a fun nickname for your type (The Adventurer, The Architect, The Advocate, etc.). At this excellent site, you can read type descriptions of your family members and friends, as well as explore their tools for “building meaningful connections” and creating a “roadmap for success.”
At Christmas, as we celebrate the Baby Boy who by His very life defined love, my prayer for you and your family is greater love for one another. Hug them tight!
“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
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