Baby don’t hurt me kidding… HA!

 

Really though… It’s such a powerful emotion!  And it’s not specific to just one thing or person. You feel it for your pets, your friends, your family, significant others and yourself!  Especially yourself.❤️

what is loveWhat is LOVE?

LOVE is at the core of everything!  

What career you choose, what hobbies you take on, what skills you choose to perfect. LOVE moves us all.. and we need it more than you think. So this coming week I want you all to forget that Valentine’s Day is about one specific relationship.

 

I want you to think, it’s about every single relationship you have ever had with anyone, including yourself. As humans, we are social beings.

We need to connect with other humans. Social isolation can be extremely harmful.⭐️

Have any of you heard of the Harlow’s monkeys? Harry Harlow was an American psychologist who used monkeys to study emotional attachment and separation from their mothers.

 

Monkeys preferred a mom that was cuddly (cloth mom that gave the monkey food), and further, monkeys who had a cuddly mom looked for the mom when presented with stressful situations. Monkeys with metal moms (who also gave nourishment) rocked back and forth and threw themselves on the floor when presented with stressful situations.

Harlow found that the maternal bond depended on more than just getting food. It depended on things like love, and affection. So yes, love is everywhere and at the core of each and every relationship.

Let’s not forget that LOVE is actually extremely beneficial for your mental health and wellness. 

What is LOVE?

When you do things you love, you have a positive effect on your brain including stress reduction.⭐️ When you love or are in love, similar things happen. There is a calming effect, anti-stress effect on your mind and body when you LOVE.❤️

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So this Valentine’s Day

I hope you realize that when “Love is on the Brain”… its no joke.  It’s also hormonal. Oxytocin plays a role in love, protective feelings, and attachment. Not only that but did you guys know that oxytocin, the hormone released when you love, has healing properties…. In the heart?? So yes… it can heal a broken heart.❤️

It has restorative properties in the heart, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties when it comes to atherosclerosis aka plaque formation in the arteries.. which leads to heart disease.

Not only that but animals in isolation don’t heal as well as animals who are social. Mothers of premature babies are motivated to touch and hold their infants.mother Create the bond. It reduces the stress response of the infant and improves weight gain and outcomes.❤️

As you can see, there is so much more to love than just one type of relationship. Let’s not forget the love you have for yourself.

 

Self-esteem and self-respect are at the core of loving yourself.  If you don’t see reasons to love yourself, your self-esteem and self-respect fall low. This brings about doubt, self-isolation, depression, and more.

So this Valentine’s Day,❤️

Love yourself! Treat yourself! Love your family, love your friends. Do things you love with the people you love.  Give your brain what it needs to stay healthy.  I have always said that a healthy mind helps you have a healthy body and vice versa.⭐️

The mind-body connection is as important as any.

So… what’s love got to do with it?

EVERYTHING!   Happy Valentine’s Day!


Dr. Vero

6 COMMENTS

  1. I seriously struggle with self-love and I think that has what is really hindering me from finding my true love. You really can’t fully trust someone else unless you love and cherish yourself for what you are. Do you have any tips on working on self-love?

    • I think this kind of love is the one that requires the most work. I think doing things for yourself, taking care of what you eat, what you do (physical activity vs be on a couch all day), take a walk in the sun. These things improve your mood. When you’re happy you also tend to feel more positive emotions. I think it takes practice to love yourself and constant reflection. Once you and your body start to benefit from these healthy behaviors, you start to feel proud of yourself. There’s no better feeling than that. Being proud of your own accomplishments such as reaching a health goal or life goal or personal goal is a great reinforcer to loving and respecting yourself. But there is no recipe for self love. I think self-awareness is very important though, and it seems you already have that part!

  2. Very interesting! You described love in such an exceptional way that it touched my heart. To me, love is not related to emotions but it is a decision one makes with great commitment and dedication. And once this decision is made firmly, true lovers stick to it till the last breath of their life. I am a firm believer of the fact that love is only for those people who are pure in soul.

    • Definitely grateful for your comment. I think love has some decision to it, and some emotion. Depending on who it is directed at. I think you choose to love yourself. It is a work in progress. Whereas you may love another person for no reason at all. I believe we are all capable of love, even the most vile and hateful of us. But I appreciate different thoughts on different topics. I hope you share more.

  3. I reckon, the definition of love varies from person to person. Like you said, “love is at the core of everything” I believe it is the strongest emotion every living being has. It is the most precious gift God has blessed us with. Your thoughts about love are very unique, especially the part which discusses self esteem and self respect. Commendable!

    • Thank you so much for your input I love hearing what my readers have to say about the topics I write about. and I agree that the definition of love may vary from person to person and we all express it in different ways.

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