Love – אהבה – Amore – Gràdh – Kjærlighet – Cariad – Miłość – Αγάπη –
Rakkaus – Amor – Milovat – Liebe – Amare – Любовь – Kärlek – Ást –
愛 – Elsker – Liefde – Upendo – Dragoste – รัก – Yêu và quý – ליבע
It doesn’t matter how you say it, what matters most is how you feel it.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you can celebrate L-O-V-E today, whether you are skeptical of the commercialism of this holiday (or all holidays) or hearts and flowers are your favorite things. Whether you are with loved ones, or alone. Whether you’re dealing with grief, heartbreak, and letdowns, or whether you woke up to rose petals, chocolates, and breakfast in bed.
There is more to love than the romantic love we see most celebrated on February 14th…
Yes, you can love your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.
You can also love your mother and father, siblings, friends, co-workers, and pets.
You can love beautiful sunsets, songs you can’t resist singing along with, and cheese – to name just a few.
Love In Langugae
The English language is very limited when it comes to the L word in particular.
The Greeks had eight different kinds of unique love:
Philia – Affectionate Love
Philia is love without romantic attraction and occurs between friends or family members. It occurs when both people share the same values and respect each other — commonly referred to as “brotherly love.”
Pragma – Enduring Love
Pragma is a unique bonded love that matures over many years. It’s an everlasting love between a couple that chooses to put equal effort into their relationship. Commitment and dedication are required to reach “Pragma.”
Storge – Familiar Love
Storge is a naturally occurring love rooted in parents and children, as well as best friends. It’s an infinite love built upon acceptance and deep emotional connection. This love comes easily and immediately in parent and child relationships.
Eros – Romantic Love
Eros is a primal love that comes as a natural instinct for most people. It’s a passionate love displayed through physical affection. These romantic behaviors include, but are not limited to, kissing, hugging and holding hands.
Ludus – Playful Love
Ludus is a child-like and flirtatious love commonly found in the beginning stages of a relationship (a.k.a. the honeymoon stage). This type of love consists of teasing, playful motives and laughter between two people.
Mania – Obsessive Love
Mania is an obsessive love towards a partner. It leads to unwanted jealousy or possessiveness — known as codependency. Most cases of obsessive love are found in couples with an imbalance of love towards each other.
Philautia – Self Love
Philautia is a healthy form of love where you recognize your self-worth and don’t ignore your personal needs. Self-love begins with acknowledging your responsibility for your well-being.
Agape – Selfless Love
Agape is the highest level of love to offer. It’s given without any expectations of receiving anything in return. Offering Agape is a decision to spread love in any circumstances. Agape is not a physical act, it’s a feeling.
If you want more information about the eight types of love, click here.
14 Quotes About Love:
“Why would anyone want to get over the one thing you hope for from the minute you’re born and remember until the day you die?”
Arvide Abernathy, Guys and Dolls (1995)
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“Let us always meet each other with [a] smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
“’Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
“Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy.”
Dwight L. Moody
“How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”
Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into [a] friend.”
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
1 Corinthians 13:14-15
“Where there is love there is life.”
“Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.”
C. JoyBell C.
“Do everything in love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14
“Love all, trust few, do wrong to none.”
William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well