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  • Writer's picturePaul Cotter


an adult holds a child's hand as they walk through the spray of water fountains

I’ve been thinking a lot about the meaning of love. Countless stories and poems have been written about it throughout the ages. But what exactly is it? If you had to boil it down to one sentence, what would it be?

Is it the physical attraction you feel for someone? No. That’s far too superficial.

Is it the warm glow you feel when you think of someone you care about? Again, I would say no. That’s too passive and – like physical attraction – too focused on what we get out of the transaction.

In the end, I came up with one sentence that I believe sums up the essence of love:

Love is wanting, with all of your heart, what is best for another person.

This is not the saccharine sweetness of pop songs and greeting cards, or the meet-cute spark of Hollywood rom-coms. But it’s how I’ve come to understand love. It involves a selfless caring so deep, it places the happiness and well-being of another above our own wants and needs.

How would you define love in one sentence? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please drop me an email (if you have my email address) or use the Contact form on this website.

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