The temperature is dropping, pumpkin spice lattes are back in your morning routine, layers are probably the best way to navigate the temperamental weather -- oh yea, and Cuffing Season is almost here. Have you made your first draft picks? Do you even know what cuffing season is? Do your prospects know your rules? Do you? When it comes to settling down its important to communicate the way you give and receive love to your partner.

Let’s start by defining what Cuffing Season is -- it's the time of the year, specifically from September to April, that stimulates single people to get “boo’d up.” People generally tend to be lonelier during the colder months and crave a person's body heat next to them a.k.a a good ole’ fashioned cuddle session. The holiday season also plays its part. Holiday advertisements often illustrate happy couples sharing a warm embrace. Movies and television specials follow suit by focusing on finding love during the peak of the joyous season. And we’re sure you are familiar with the uncomfortable questions asked at holiday family get-togethers such as  “when are you thinking about settling down?” Or, “I’ve never seen you bring anyone to our dinners, are you dating anyone?” They mean well, but love is tricky enough to navigate and you have to make sure you’re taking the best steps before bringing someone home.

Now, let’s discuss the most important factor that will make your cuffing season run smoothly: Love Languages. Coined and created by counselor turned author, Gary Chapman, Love Languages are different ways to express and experience love. There are five categories of values that help explain how we would ideally like to be loved; Quality Time, Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, and Receiving Gifts.

Below, we’ve laid out examples for each Love Language and what they mean!

Now that you’re an expert in identifying the 5 Love Languages, take the test to find out what your top languages are. Happy Cuffing Season!  And may the relationship gods be in your favor.