Love is known to be the most beautiful feeling. But actually, love is a complicated set of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors associated with strong feelings of protectiveness, affection, respect and warmth for other people, animals, and so on.
You can feel love for different people for example-children, parents, partners, friends, and pets. So love is a feeling which comes from inside. Sometimes you can’t control this feeling because it just happens. But do not confuse yourself between love and obsession. They are different states of mind.
Some common definitions of love include:
- A fleeting emotion of affection, care and like.
- Sudden and dramatic feeling of respect and attraction.
- Extreme feelings of affection, attachment, and need.
- A willingness to keep or prioritize someone else’s happiness or well being before your own.
- Combination of all the above-mentioned feelings.
Different types of love
Unconditional love: unconditional love is unselfish love. When you love someone unconditionally there are no conditions. You care for the happiness of the person you love, you do whatever you can do to make that person happy without expecting anything from that person. Unconditional love is pure love, unselfish love without any conditions.
Romantic love: romantic love is a complicated type of love and it is a strong feeling. It can lead to lifelong happiness or heartbreak. Romantic love is like when you obsessively think about a person and when you feel like you crave for a particular person. It may last from 6 months to a few years before turning into mature relationships. When this type of love begins it has an extreme effect on the behavior of a person in love.
Affectionate love: affectionate love is compassionate love. Affectionate love occurs when you desire to have the person you love near to you and you have a deep caring and affection for that particular person. Affectionate love means having a warm feeling of love for someone.
Self-love: self-love is having great regard for your own happiness and well being. When you start loving yourself you start prioritizing yourself, you take care of your own needs, you do the things that make you happy, and you do not sacrifice your happiness to please others. Self-love makes you able to get and do what you actually deserve for yourself. This is not being selfish but being compassionate towards oneself.
Enduring love: this kind of love emanates within you. Enduring love represents a deeper relationship with you or with another person. It is stimulated by true compassion, empathy, and recognition toward others. Enduring love is generated and inspired by selfless actions.
Playful love: this form of love is a kind affection between young lovers. It is the feeling you have during the initial stages of falling in love with someone. Some examples of playful love include flirting, teasing, fluttering heart and feeling of euphoria. Playfulness in love is important but often missing in long term relationships.
Obsessive love: obsessive love is like possessiveness of madness for another person. When it happens you value yourself more than the person you love. Obsessive love is demanding where you want the other person to do what you want. This is coming from the ego and is never successful.
Benefits of love
Love is a feeling that comes with surprising health benefits that impact your emotional, mental and physical well being.
Make you happy: there is no doubt that love makes everyone happy. Stable and healthy relationships make you feel happy. Feeling of love or to be loved produce feels good chemicals (dopamine) in the brain. Dopamine is a mood intensifier that makes you feel extremely positive.
Better sleep: love, affection, and romance in relationships improve sleeping patterns and contribute to better sleep.
Reduce stress and depression: when you are in a loving relationship it reduces depression and stress because you feel relaxed and happy. Strong relationships improve your mental health.
Eases anxiety: loving and stable relationships help ease anxiety. Love can help you cope with anxiety. When you feel the bond of love the anxiety levels go down.
Longer life: love makes you take care of yourself, your health and your life. People in loving relationships enjoy a long and healthy life.
Healthier heart: happy and satisfying relationships are associated with heart health. Healthy relationships encourage healthful behavior and a healthier heart. Love decreases the risk of heart attacks.
Speed up healing: loving and positive relationships are very powerful. It makes the wounds or other physical issues heal faster.
Better immunity: happy relationships boost immunity. Love improves all systems of your body and contributes to overall well being.
Love is the most beautiful bond between two people. It is an unseen force that draws the people together. The beauty of love can be seen without sight. This feeling comes with amazing benefits. I hope now you are able to understand love.
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