health, love

Beautiful: Love Doesn’t Blind Us. It Helps Us See More Clearly.

“While infused with love you see fewer distinctions between you and others. Indeed, your ability to see others — really see them, wholeheartedly — springs open.” ~ Barbara Fredrickson

I’ve heard it said that love is blind, but I’ve never found that to be true. Love in all its beautiful forms – for another person or animal, for self, for community, for life, for a project that is near and dear to our hearts – has the ability to make everything appear clearer, brighter, and more joyful. And there is plenty of hard science to back this up.

Last year, the New York Times ran a series of pieces that analyzed the brain on love and the findings are remarkable. It reduces stress. It makes it easier to learn new things and to heal from illness. The power of love is potent and worthwhile because the benefits far outweigh the costs. We would all do well to invest time and effort into bringing more love into our lives.