Here you will find articles that help you understand the power of love. You will learn how to value your partner, demonstrate love, and discover the true love that you’re seeking. Everyone deserves to be loved. There is someone out there who understands you and will appreciate you for who you are.
Medically Reviewed By: Aaron Horn, LMFT, MA
What is love?
The definition of love in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, "a quality or feeling of strong or constant affection for and dedication to another." The English dictionary also defines love as "an intense feeling of deep affection." When you love someone, it means that you care for them. You feel a sense of appreciation for them. We love LOVE. Falling in love with someone can be a truly intoxicating experience. Many of us spend a lot of time dating or looking for "the one." In other words, we strive to find true love. When a person says that they are searching for true love, they generally mean that they want a deep connection with another person. As a human being, it's natural to want true, unconditional love.
How do people fall in love?
There is no one right way to fall in love. Some people are friends with the person that they fall in love with long before they are in a relationship with them. Other times, there's a feeling of chemistry that draws you to one another right away. You might fall in love with somebody that you met at school, someone that you met as a child, someone that you met at work, or even someone that you meet through a dating app. People meet their true love in an abundance of different places. When looking for love, it's vital to think about what you want in a partner. Do you want them to be funny? Do you want a person who will raise kids with you? Would you rather be with someone who is extroverted or introverted? These are all questions you can ask yourself when looking for love. Have standards, but keep your options open. If you look for love in one place only or keep your eye on someone that isn't available and already has a partner, you might be missing the relationship of your dreams.
Is love always romantic?
When someone says the word love, it doesn't always pertain to romantic love or romantic relationships. There's also familial love and love that you feel for your friends. You likely love your pets, your kids, or your parents. Often, if someone says that they are in love, they are talking about a person that they wish to have a long-term relationship with. As humans, love is an important part of our lives. Even if someone is aromantic and doesn't experience the desire for romantic relationships, they still likely feel love for those around them.
What are the five love languages?
You may have heard of the five love languages. In a romantic partnership, there are different ways that we prefer to give or receive love. The five love languages are words of affirmation, gift-giving, physical affection, quality time, and acts of service. Every love language describes a potential way to show affection. Most people resonate with several love languages. It's important to talk about your love language with your partner and ask them what theirs is so that you know the best ways to show that you appreciate one another.
Can I make someone love me?
As difficult as it may be to come to terms with, you can't make someone love you. It's hard when you have a crush on someone and they don't like you back, but you can't control the emotions of others. It's okay to feel your feelings when this happens. You can't make someone love you, but you can focus on loving yourself. Know that the right person will come along at the right time and that it might be better than you ever could have expected. You don't want to try to force somebody to be in love with you, as it will likely backfire.
Get help with love
Whether you see a counselor online or in your local area, it is a great way to seek help for any issues related to romance. You can see a couples counselor with your partner if you're already in a relationship, or you can seek one on one counseling. The counselors at ReGain are well-versed in love and can help you with love, romantic relationships, or any other life issues that you are experiencing.