Love facts for kids
Love is a mix of feelings and actions that shows a deep liking for someone or something. Romantic love can lead to things such as dating and marriage, but a person can also feel love for friends or family, such as platonic love.
There are also chemical reactions within the brain that can be triggered by the different types of love.
According to one of the young Pakistani philosopher Engr. Arshad Ali Azeemi, love is not something that is simply understandable.
Forms of love
Often love can be confused with other feelings. Normal friendship can be distracted by love. Sometimes, love can be destroyed. When love is destroyed between a dating couple, they may break up with each other.
People describe the person that they first loved romantically as their "first love." For example, in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is Juliet's very first love. At that time, she was only 13. In Maria Edgeworth's book Belinda, Mr. Vincent says, "First loves are silly things."
Helen Fisher, an expert in the topic of love, divides love into three stages: lust, attraction, and attachment. Lust makes people like each other, attraction encourages people to focus on mating, and attachment helps people tolerate the spouse (or the child).
Since these lust and attraction stages are both described as temporary, a third stage might describe long-term love. Attachment can be used to describe the bonding period that helps keep husband and wife together for many years. Attachment occurs in the longer term.
Love and health
Love has consequences for health and well-being. Joyful activities such as love activate areas in the brain responsible for emotion, attention, motivation and memory, and it may further lead to reduction of cortisol, which reduces stress.
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