What Love Is

Published by Andrew Aaron on Friday, 19th August 2016 - 8:15PM in Relationship Articles

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LOVE

So many people would agree that they know love when they feel it, yet it can be difficult to describe. My definition of love is the committment to another's well-being, nourishment and growth, while also protecting them from harm. The following is a list of actions, attitudes, qualities and characterstics that contribute to the creation of feelings of love.

LOVE is when you are being:

Open

Sharing

Respectful

Patient

Friendly

Trusting

Giving

Serving

Setting appropriate limits

Strong

Supportive

Vulnerable in openness

Encouraging

Nourishing

Generous

Honest

Responsive

Acknowledging

Giving through the right effort

Forgiving

Receptive

Being your best

Communicative

Assertive

Accepting

Open to connection

Self-supporting

Understanding

Giving consensual sexual pleasure

Listening

Dependable

Taking healthy risks

Sustaining

LOVE IS NOT when you are being:

Selfish

Addiction

Dependant

Angry

Playing it safe

Fearful

Sarcastic

Attacking

Jealous

Avoidant

Hurtful

Withholding

Controlling

Passive

Denying

Lazy

Irresponsible

Closed

Attacking

Competitive

Dominatiing

Susceptible to weakness

Rejecting

Blaming

Closed to connection

Disrespectful

Hurtful by name-calling

Excusionary by keeping secrets

Negative


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