9 Ways Love Is Powerful
By: Stephanie Kirby
Updated May 05, 2021
George Sand is quoted as saying, "There's only one happiness in this life, to love and to be loved." This quote says a lot about love. It is one of the most complicated things in existence. It has the ability to make someone happier than ever and also to make someone experience the deepest level of pain. There's no denying that love is powerful.
The best thing about the statement "love is powerful" is that it's not just talking about romantic love. Yes, that's a powerful form of love that the world has to offer, but it's not the only form of love. There is the love that a parent feels for a child and a friend for a friend. The love that you experience in any relationship is powerful and has the ability to be life-changing.
Here Are Some Of The Ways That Love Is Powerful
- Love Helps You To Accept Yourself And Others
When you truly love someone, you're willing to accept them for the person that they are. This is true when you're in a romantic relationship with someone, a family relationship, or even with yourself. Self-love and acceptance are an important part of being able to have a healthy relationship with other people. Only when you can truly love yourself will you be able to love other people as well.
It's hard to accept the imperfections that people have and the imperfections in yourself. But love covers over weaknesses and imperfections. This is one of the greatest ways that love is powerful.
A great benefit of feeling accepted because of love is your ability to be completely yourself in your relationship. When you are accepted for who you are, you don't have the pressure to try to be someone else or act a different way to impress someone.
2. Love Helps You To Forgive
Extending forgiveness to someone that has hurt you is one of the hardest things to do in life. There may be times that you need to forgive someone for something that you really don't feel like forgiving them for. But if you want to continue to love that person, it's going to require you to show that forgiveness. You cannot maintain a healthy relationship if you are harboring bitterness and anger.
Your desire to love and be in a relationship with another person can motivate you to take the step of forgiveness even when your feelings aren't there to support it. And on the other side of forgiveness, love helps you to ask for it when you need it yourself. When two imperfect people are in a relationship with each other, which is every relationship, there are going to be times when forgiveness is required. Love is what gives you the power to do that. It doesn't mean that it's easy, but it's something that you'll do when you love someone.
3. Love Helps You To Grow As A Person
When you truly love someone, it motivates you to want to be a better person for them. You look for ways to improve yourself and grow as a person. You may change things about yourself that you never thought you would be willing to change in order to be a better person and make that person happy.
Love can also be a great encourager of trying new things. For example, when you are in love with a person, you may be willing to try new hobbies or go to new places that you wouldn't go to on your own. But because you love that person and you want to show that love to them, you are willing to do it.
4. Love Boosts Your Ability To Be Creative
Love has a way of expanding your creativity and helping you to tap into something deeper inside of yourself. Think of the great poets and writers from previous centuries. There are many poems and writings on love where people are able to get incredibly descriptive in their work and really tap into their imagination.
In fact, there have even been studies that show that it's love and not sex that encourages creativity. And, this isn't just for creativity like the arts, it also helps people to think outside of the box to find creative solutions for problems they are facing.
5. Love Gives You The Ability To Keep Going
Love is powerful and it gives you the ability to endure things that you never thought that you could do. Whether it's fighting through anxiety and depression in order to be there for the people that you love or fighting a physical illness that causes you incredible pain, love can be the motivator that makes your fight worth it.
Many people overcome great things in order to be with the person that they love. It's just one more example that love is powerful.
6. Love Makes You Happy
This may seem like a self-explanatory statement, but love makes you happy and there's science to prove it. The early stages of love bring extra dopamine into your body. This hormone is what helps to boost your mood.
When you're in the early stages of a relationship, everything feels right with the world. It seems like the things that used to bother you don't bother you quite as much and you have an overall positive outlook on life. And while the initial phase of love doesn't last forever, as long as you understand that it's okay that love changes and calms down, it can continue to make you happy throughout your relationship. There's something special about having another person that you're able to share life with.
7. Love Makes You Healthier
There have been many studies that show the health benefits of being in love, not to mention the statistics that show that being married can help you to live longer. Studies have found that married men are more likely to live longer than unmarried men.
There are also multiple studies that show being in love can help to give your immune system a boost. That means you are less likely to get sick when you're in love.
8. Love Can Lower Your Risk Of Anxiety And Depression
Those that are in love have been found to have less anxiety and experience less depression. When you're in love, you have another person that you are doing life with who can help to reduce your chance of experiencing loneliness.
9. Love Can Reduce Your Pain Levels
There have been studies that have found a connection between love and lowered levels of pain, meaning that if you're in love, you might not feel as much pain as you would otherwise. Your mood is impacted in a positive way when you're in love, and those same endorphins that boost your mood also help you to feel less pain.
The Importance Of Healthy Love
It's important to remember that not all love is the same. If you want the positive advantages and benefits that come along with being in love, then you need to have healthy love. If you are in a relationship with someone that's abusing you, you aren't going to experience the same benefits. Or, if have low self-esteem and a lack of self-love, you may experience some of the benefits, but it's not going to be the same. (If you’re experiencing abuse, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.)
If you really want to have the benefits that love brings, both with yourself and others, you're going to need to focus on healthy relationships. This includes yourself, your family members, your friends, and your romantic partner.
What To Do If You're Having Trouble With Love
There are a number of different ways that you could have trouble with love. The first is that you are having trouble finding love in your life. The second is that you have trouble showing love to others.
There are a number of different reasons why people struggle with love. It could be from a troubling experience with love in the past, not having a good example of love from childhood, or a reason you don't really know yet or understand. However, love is incredibly powerful and something that everyone can experience in their life.
If you're having problems with love in your life, whether it's finding it or showing it, therapy can help you get on the right path. An experienced therapist is able to help you identify where your troubles are coming from with love and also learn important strategies to help you move forward in a more effective way.
Navigating Love With BetterHelp
There are numerous studies pointing to online therapy as a helpful method of treatment for those who are experiencing complex emotions related to love or relationships. For example, in a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, researchers found that online couples counseling was an effective form of therapy for those in distressed relationships. After treatment, couples reported improvements in communication and overall relationship functioning.
With BetterHelp, you’ll have the ability to attend sessions from wherever you have an internet connection. Through videoconferencing, messaging, voice call, or live chat, you can work through complicated emotions from the comfort of your home. A licensed counselor can help you and your partner better understand and express your love for one another. Read below for reviews of BetterHelp counselors, from those who have sought help in the past.
“Stephanie is a gem! She's very thoughtful, thorough, honest, insightful but most of all helpful. This is coming from a person that never wanted to do counseling and just "knew" I didn't need it. She's been key in helping my wife and I find our better place. She made us grow as a couple and individually. Thanks Steph!”
"Cathy has been wonderful for me and my husband. We were in a bad place and she saved our marriage. Luckily, my husband connected with her and was able to take her advice. She also was a huge support for me, not sure how I could have gotten through those rough times without her."
Love is an important and enriching part of life. This doesn't mean that you have to be in a romantic relationship—love is something that can be shown between family members and even friends. Knowing how to show love and receive love can go a long way in helping you to stay mentally healthy. If you're having trouble in this area, reach out today to a professional for help.
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