What is Love?
*DEFINING ‘LOVE’ IN DIFFERENT VARIANTS*
Love is one of the most profound emotions we experience as humans. It’s bigger than us, meaning, though we can invite it into our lives, we do not have the control over the how, when and where love starts to express itself. Maybe that’s why 72% of people *believe* in *love at first sight*.
That’s the tricky thing about love, we can feel it in a variety of different states–when we’re happy, sad, angry, confused or excited–and our attitudes about love can range from affectionate love, to infatuation and pleasure. We even use love as an action, as a force to keep our relationships with partners, or friends and family, together.
The ancient Greeks used seven words to define the different states of love we can experience:
* *Storage*: natural affection
* *Philia*: friendship
* *Eros*: sexual and erotica
* *Agape*: unconditional, divine love
* *Ludus*: flirting
* *Pragma*: committed, married love
* *Philautia*: self love