What is Love?

Payne Haverfield, Staff Writer

What do you think when you hear the word love? Love has many definitions and you can show love in many different ways. If I was to give my definition of love it would be to be with someone unconditionally no matter what happens they stay with you and you stay with them.  When we all think about the four letter word that starts with L and ends with E we usually get really scared. Love is such a powerful word and it’s often misused but that is what we are going to talk about in this column is what is love, how love makes us feel, and how do we use it right?

What is love and how do we even start to feel love? So I had to do a little research to get to the bottom of this. I know we all have our own definitions of how love makes us feel. Some people describe it as a gut feeling like little butterflies are flying in their stomach. When we feel love as a emotion really what happens is high levels of dopamine and norepinephrine are released from your body and brain and these chemicals make us feel giddy, energetic, and sometimes someone can be so in love with someone that you can lose your appetite and just not want to eat. 

How do we use love right? Let’s be honest there is no right or wrong way everyone loves in their own ways and if you believe this person is the right person than you do and if you think that they are not then move on with your life and find someone who makes you feel like everything is right then well there you go.

Okay okay so there are more kinds of love than just romance love. The next kind of love I want to talk about is self love and to be honest with you I think that self love is the most important kind of love because to be in any healthy relationship whether that be with a friend or a special person in your life you really need to love yourself.  

Self love is hard because you think well I do love myself but what does that have to do with having a healthy relationship with other people. So when loving yourself you  care about the future and you set boundaries for yourself and for others, you care about your health. So you can kinda see how this works out because all these things you hold for yourself, others will like how much you care about yourself and they will understand that you can care for them the way you care about yourself. So it just keeps the love flowing. You care for them as much as you care for other people. 

So here’s my input on love. There are so many ways to define the word love and so many ways to show love. Have fun with love.