The Expression of Love
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There are so many different ways for us to express the wellspring of love that sits within our hearts.
Physical expression is of course a very common one. Kisses, hugs and touch are all important to our survival. When I was in college there was a sweatshirt sale to raise money for a Deaf organization that our program supported. Interestingly enough the sweatshirts were about promoting hugs and the fact that when you hug another individual, hemoglobin is released in the blood. Hemoglobin is important because it carries oxygen to all the areas of the body and causes the body to make itself whole. Other studies have shown that hugging can reduce pain, help lift depression and tiredness and reduce stress and anxiety. All this for the low cost of wrapping your arms around another living being and giving a little squeeze.
There are also studies that show how important touch is to babies. In fact, there are studies that show that touch therapy with babies can help to contribute towards a healthy weight gain, augment growth and social development. Did you know that an infant can die without physical touch? If babies do not receive any skin-to-skin contact within the first few days or weeks of being born, they are at a serious risk of developing health problems. If a baby is completely deprived of any skin-to-skin contact, they will die from a condition know as marasmus. In essence, marasmus is a grave form of malnutrition. The good news though is that in certain situations, doctors have been able to reverse the condition simply by moving the infant into a more nurturing environment. Don't forget though that it isn't only babies who need touching. We all do. Even if it is a simple pat on the hand or shoulder to let someone know that you are there.
Then of course there are the emotional ways to express love for one another. Think how it makes you feel to hear the words "I love you" said earnestly by your mate or another loved one. Additionally, spending time with our mate, whether it is side-by-side doing the dishes, taking a walk, going dancing or simply in each other's company are all ways that increase the feelings of love between individuals.
There are also more subtle ways we can express our affection. Whether it is doing your own chores before being asked, or better yet, doing a chore normally reserved for your partner; watching the children and allowing your mate a much needed break; or simply sitting next to your loved one while they watch a television show you could care less about. These are also all ways we can let the people we love most, know how important they are to us.
There are many more ways we can express our love. These are simply a few. The most important thing is to ensure that the people we love most in the world know it. We are not guaranteed a lifetime together so it is imperative to make every single moment count.
Creative Bug Digis. This adorable little frog is called Unfrogettable. If you are interested in purchasing this cute image, click on the watermark to head over to the Special Occasions page in Naomi's store, then scroll down until you get to the Misc. section.
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Ike's Art. There is nothing like the expression of love between a mother and her child. If you are interested in purchasing this precious image, click on the watermark to head over to its location in Ike's store. It is located within the 'People' section.
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Ike's Art. Another simply beautiful creation showcasing this image.
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Bauer, Mary . (2014 ). Importance of Human Touch. Available: http://www.livestrong.com/article/186495-importance-of-human-touch/. Last accessed 17th Feb 2014.
Bullock, Monica . (2008). How Hugging Can Help You Live Longer. Available: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-hugging-help-live-longer-2312571.html?cat=5. Last accessed 17th Feb 2014.
Chillot, Rick . (2013). The Power of Touch. Available: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201302/the-power-touch. Last accessed 17th Feb 2014.
Servo, Tom . (2011). Infants Die If They Are Not Touched. Available: http://voices.yahoo.com/infants-die-if-they-not-touched-10343551.html?cat=25. Last accessed 17th Feb 2014.