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10 Characteristics of Loving People to Help You Spot Them

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Finding people who can truly love us can be a deeply rewarding and fulfilling experience. When we are surrounded by loving people, we feel a sense of belonging and connection that is essential to our happiness and overall well-being.

Loving people are those who show us kindness and patience. They stay on our side through thick or thin and make us feel appreciated and understood in all the right ways. 

Whether you are looking to improve your relationships, deepen your connection with others, or simply learn how to be a more loving person, this article will provide you with some inspiration to help you on your journey.

The benefits of being around loving people

In all kinds of relationships, being loving brings us closer to each other. Our sense of connection thrives when we offer affection, care, and support to one another.

It also goes without saying that love isn’t just limited to romantic partners. We can be loving to our friends, our next-door neighbors, and even strangers. When we show love and feel love in our everyday experiences, it also enhances positive feelings within ourselves.

A recent study on love has found that those who experienced it in their everyday interactions had higher levels of well-being that manifest in feelings of optimism and a sense of purpose. Love, in the context of this study, can be described as a “resonance” with other people, not necessarily the grand or passionate expression that we usually think of.

Because it’s possible to experience love even in the most mundane moments, we may take its benefits for granted. In case you need some reminders, here are some scientifically proven effects of love:

  • It activates dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical in our brain.
  • It lowers our stress levels.
  • It deflects feelings of anxiety and loneliness.
  • It promotes overall good health and long life.

Whether you’re giving or receiving love, it certainly creates a long-term impact that enables us to live a healthier and more fulfilling life!

An important first step of being loving

We all know the saying, “You cannot give what you do not have,” and I firmly believe in this in the context of love. 

In the past, I’ve made the mistake of giving too much of myself to others without paying attention to my own needs. And let me tell you that this is quite the recipe for disastrous relationships!

This is why, in my journey to cultivating love in every aspect of my life, I have learned that the number one step to loving is to love myself first. Sometimes, we get swept away by the affection and care that we have for other people that we forget to fill up our own cup first.

Now, I try to be mindful of my own priorities, boundaries, and well-being before offering my time and support to the people around me. This way, I know I can show my love for them in the best way possible without abandoning myself.

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Characteristics of loving people

If you want to bring more love into your life, here are the qualities that you should be looking for: 

1. They are affectionate

Loving people are not shy of showering the people they care about with affection. It’s a means of expressing their fondness and tenderness towards someone which can instantly spread positive feelings around.

Affection allows us to communicate a sense of intimacy. Whether it’s through hugging or giving gifts, it can definitely make someone feel loved.

2. They show kindness

Loving people have big hearts, and they certainly show it through kindness. They make you feel cared for through their warmth, compassion, and sincerity.

Being kind to someone is the best example of showing love in our everyday interactions. Whether you’re offering a friendly smile to a stranger or helping someone in need, your kindness can easily make anyone’s day!

3. They are always giving

Those who are loving are always ready to share their time and resources with those who may need them. They are generous and don’t expect anything in return.

However, as I mentioned earlier, loving and giving doesn’t mean that you have to end up with nothing for yourself. Make sure to recharge and honor your own needs first!

4. They are patient

Patience comes naturally to loving people. They are calm, forgiving, and allow others to heal and flourish in their own time.

In personal relationships, patience can be particularly important. It can help us to understand and accept the people around us, even when they make mistakes or behave in ways that are frustrating or difficult.

5. They are supportive

Loving people are always there for you through the good and the bad. They celebrate milestones with you and offer comfort when you’re feeling down.

Having the support of the people we love can mean the world to us. It can boost our self-esteem, help us navigate life’s challenges, and encourage us to be our best selves. 

6. They accept people for who they are

The people who are loving toward us do not expect perfection. They accept our “flaws” and see the best in us especially when we fail to do so ourselves.

If you want to be more loving, make sure that you treat people with an open mind and a soft heart. This can make the people around you feel safe and more confident about themselves. The best feeling in the world is to be loved exactly for who we are – nothing more, nothing less!

7. They have empathy

One of the sure signs that a person is loving is their ability to show empathy. People who are loving tend to be sensitive to the feelings of others and can put themselves in someone else’s shoes.

When we practice empathy, it’s easier for us to see beyond someone’s imperfections or difficulties. We can connect with them deeply and discover all the ways they need to be loved.

8. They know your worth

A person who’s truly loving knows how to appreciate another person’s worth. They don’t take others for granted, and they are always grateful for every connection that they make.

When we lose sight of the value that someone adds to our life, this may make them feel neglected and hurt. So always be mindful of giving them the attention, respect, and care that they deserve.

9. They make you feel loved

A loving person is willing to learn the love language of the people that they care about. As a result, they can make us feel loved in a way that makes sense to us.

Love can be shown in different ways to different people. Perhaps, your partner appreciates a back rub at the end of a long day. Or a friend prefers comfort over solutions when they’re going through a rough patch. Learning those little things would truly make them feel understood and cared for.

10. They show vulnerability

There’s nothing that can make someone feel loved more than being vulnerable with them. A loving person makes an effort to open up to others and share their deepest, most honest emotions with them.

As much as we are ready to give love, we should also have the openness to be loved. This means that we should be capable of taking risks and exposing our truest selves to others, no matter how difficult or scary it can be. Only then can we achieve the meaning of a truly loving relationship.

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Wrapping up

Finding people who can love us is not always easy. We have to look closer at who is willing to support us through the highs and the lows, who can value us for exactly who we are, and who will trust us enough with their vulnerable sides.

But when we do find those special people, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives and can bring us a sense of comfort, happiness, and fulfillment that is truly priceless.

Did this article remind you of the people in your life? What’s the best way to show someone that you love them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Writer and advocate for young people’s mental health. Firm believer of validating one’s feelings, prioritizing the inner-self, and finding happiness in a plate of chicken curry.

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