The old adage, "actions speak louder than words," applies here, I think. We express our love in a variety of ways, but our actions reinforce what our words are trying to convey. If I say, "I love you," but I am unkind to you, unconcerned with your feelings, dismissive, belittling or otherwise a poor partner, you may doubt the sincerity of my words.
Love is about respect and trust. It is conveyed through little, almost imperceptible gestures, a look, a touch, a smile.
Love doesn't have to be hearts, flowers and chocolates. Those are cliches often over-used by people who are failed by words and unable to wear their emotions on their sleeves.
I am not suggesting that small gifts and saying "I love you" are poor expressions. I am merely suggesting that it is everyday actions that go a lot further toward making our partners "feel" that love.
In the song, "Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol, there is a line that goes, "...Those three words, are said too much, but not enough." There is deep meaning in that if you think about it. And I think that meaning underscores my point about allowing your actions to supplement and reinforce those words.
So here's to love!