Love ~ the Dominant Force in Our Lives

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By Chloe JonPaul

      As Valentine’s Day shows up on the calendar on February 14th, our feelings about love may change as our relationships change.  However, it is something everyone can relate to. Did you know that it’s the most written-about subject dating back as early Greek mythology?

      Loving someone effectively must be based on trust and proper communication.  It requires loyalty and faithfulness, and oftentimes a sense of humor!

      Guess what the scientists say about people falling madly in love.  Neuroscientist Helen fisher says that it’s dopamine, the chemical that your brain uses to make you want things.

      David Wolpe, a senior Rabbi, says that it’s time to change the meaning of the word love.  It should be seen as more than just a feeling but as an enacted emotion…something that is directional and acted upon. 

      Do you remember Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”?  When he asks Golde if she still loves him after 25 years of marriage, this is her answer: “for 25 years I’ve washed your clothes, cooked your meals, cleaned house, given you children, milked your cow.  If that’s not love, what is?”

      Now…how about loving yourself? If you learn to do this, you can be a happier person.  Katherine Hurst gives readers 15 self-love tips online. Just Google How to Love Yourself:15 Self-Love Tips.

      So…Happy Valentine’s Day and let your love grow strong!

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