If we were to think of what ‘love’ is in only one word, could you choose just one?
It’s a difficult task, given that love can be such an expansive emotion and feeling. It can be felt for a partner, parent, child, friend, pet or even your favorite place in the world. Perhaps, most importantly, it should be felt for oneself.
All of these experiences are unique and so it is hard to encapsulate into one word. So we’ve chosen a wonderful list of positive words that can and should describe love in a relationship. A healthy love.
Let us know if you agree.
What Is ‘Love’ In One Word?
- Acceptance – Love is accepting someone for who they are. It means understanding, respecting and cherishing them warts and all.
- Unconditional – We change, we grow and sometimes, we also stay the same. Real love is unconditional and it’s not dependent on anything or anyone else; it’s a choice to accept someone as they are without any expectations.
- Trust – Love involves trusting each other and feeling safe with each other, knowing that you can be vulnerable and feel secure.
- Commitment- Love involves making a commitment to the person you love, understanding them and always being there for them through ‘thick and thin’. And believe me, it’s a spectrum.
- Sacrifice – Love is about putting someone else’s needs before your own sometimes, being okay with that and making sacrifices for the sake of their happiness.
- Compassion – Love involves showing compassion and empathy towards others, understanding their feelings and being willing to help in any way possible.
- Safety – Love is about creating an atmosphere of safety and security, where two people can be comfortable being their true selves. It’s creating a safe space, a home or base that you can be yourself.
- Respect – Love involves respecting each other’s boundaries, opinions and feelings. It means honoring each other’s uniqueness and individuality. It’s not over-sharing with others, and it’s being on their side. We don’t always have to like it, but respect is very important in a healthy relationship.
- Growth – Love is also about growing together and learning to be better people. It’s being okay with the change and uncertainty that often growth brings with it.
- Unconditional – Real love is unconditional and it’s not dependent on anything or anyone else; it’s a choice to accept someone as they are without any expectations.
- Affection – Love is about expressing your affection for the other person, whether that’s through words or physical gestures. Each relationship is different, but communication goes a long way here 😊
- Nurturing – Love involves taking care of each other, nurturing one another and being there when needed. Who doesn’t want someone there in their corner, nurturing them? So be that person too.
- Support – Love is about providing emotional and moral support to the person you care for. It involves understanding them and being willing to help when needed.
- Honesty – Love involves being honest with each other, both in good times and bad. It means being open and vulnerable, as well as speaking your truth without fear of judgment or repercussion.
- Friendship – Love is also about having a strong connection, forming an unbreakable bond and developing a deep and lasting friendship.
- Giving – Love is about giving to another person without expecting anything in return. It involves being generous with your time, energy and resources, as well as understanding that relationships take effort from both sides in order to survive. Give first.
- Dedication – Love is about dedicating your life to another person and making them a priority. It’s about being willing to go the extra mile for someone, even if it takes more time or energy than you expected.
- Fulfillment – Love is not only about finding happiness in another person, but also about finding fulfillment in yourself. It involves discovering who you are, embracing your individuality and being content in yourself.
- Communication – Love involves communicating with each other, listening to one another and understanding where the other person is coming from. It means expressing your feelings without fear of judgment or reprisal.
- Compromise – Love also involves learning how to compromise and finding solutions that work for both parties. It is about respecting each other’s opinions and creating a healthy balance between your own needs and those of the other person.
- Cheerleader – Love is about being a positive cheerleader for the other person, encouraging them to reach their goals and believing in their potential. It involves recognizing and celebrating each other’s successes, as well as supporting one another through failures.
- Fondness – Love is about having a fondness for the other person and appreciating their quirks and eccentricities. It involves cherishing all of the little moments that make up your relationship, as well as actually enjoying spending time together – most of the time 😊
- Fun – Love is also about having fun together and creating memories that will last a lifetime. It’s about laughing, playing, exploring and growing together, as well as taking time to savor all the special moments you share along the way.
- Partnership – Love is also about forming a partnership with someone and sharing your life together in a meaningful way. It involves working together to build something stronger and making decisions that benefit both of you.
- Forgiveness – Love is also about being willing to forgive and move on, even after difficult times or arguments. Obviously, this is not an excuse for bad behavior, but most of the time, we need to practice forgiveness.
- Vulnerability – Love also involves being vulnerable with one another, sharing honest feelings and trusting that the other person will not let you down. It requires courage to be open and emotionally exposed, as well as a willingness to take risks in order to form an intimate bond. It’s a hard one, but a big step towards a healthy relationship.
- Empathy – Love involves being able to relate to the other person on a deeper level and seeing things from their perspective. It is about having empathy for one another, understanding each other’s feelings and connecting in ways that create unity and harmony.
- Understanding – Love also involves being able to understand the other person, their thoughts, feelings and needs. It means listening to each other without interruption or judgment, as well as validating one another’s perspectives.
- Faith – Love is also about having faith in the other person and believing that your relationship can weather any storm. It means being devoted to each other, no matter what life throws your way.
- Teamwork – Love is also about working together as a team to achieve your goals, both individually and as a couple. It involves being supportive of one another and standing by each other’s side through thick and thin.
- Congruence – Love is also about being congruent with each other, meaning that your you both need to be on the same page with your values, your direction and what you want in life. The big stuff.
- Chemistry – Sometimes overlooked and sometimes over-empathized, but chemistry is important! Love is about having chemistry and creating an intense connection with the other person.
- Tenderness – Love also involves being tender with one another and showing affection in small but meaningful ways. It is about holding hands, sharing hugs, kissing and cuddling, as well as expressing love in a gentle and kind manner. Or whatever that means to you individually.
Unique – last but not least, love is unique to each and every relationship. It involves finding ways to connect with the other person on a deeper level, as well as discovering what works best for you as a couple.
Love shouldn’t be: one-sided, possessive, or demanding. It shouldn’t be violent, controlling, or manipulative. Keeping these things in mind can help ensure that your relationship is a healthy one, and that you are able to share genuine love with your partner.
In conclusion, love is a complex emotion that encompasses many different characteristics. By understanding the complexities of love, we can appreciate the beauty of the emotion even more – for it truly has no boundaries and holds the power to transform lives for the better.
It should be a two-way street that is full of respect, understanding and empathy. Love should always foster growth and bring out the best in both partners. In one word: unconditional.
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