What is love?
Isn’t that the eternal question? In this episode, we’re going to be exploring that question, both from a scientific standpoint and from an emotional standpoint.
We often think of love as just a feeling, but it’s much more than that. I think of it as a deep emotional bond that is formed with another person. This can explain why many of us have people in our lives that we may not like at a given moment, but still love.
Love is complicated and often mysterious, but you have more control over it than you may think. The ideas in this episode will help you create deeper emotional bonds with the people around you, whether by strengthening your existing relationship, or helping you form a new connection.
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“Love is what is left when everything else goes.” – Rumi
- What is love?
- The x-factor of love
- How we have more control over love than we think
- How to create a deep bond with another person
- Why vulnerability creates an opportunity for love to germinate
- Why love is like deep-sea diving
- How to develop your ability to be vulnerable
- The spiritual dimension of love
- How to get better at love
“To love and to be loved is more a function of the choices that we make than it is a function of luck or of chance.” – John Howard
4 Practices for Generating Consistent Feelings of Love in Our Lives:
- Show up with love even when shit hits the fan
- Be generous
- Inspire others with your authenticity
- Be tender
- Mandy Len Catron’s 2015 essay from The New York Times: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This
- Arthur Aron’s original research: The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness
- Books about emotion:
- Rumi quotes: Selected Quotes by the great poet of love Rumi
“Love is the currency of creation.” – One of John’s spiritual teachers