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Ninety-six Words for Love
Just recently I stumbled upon an article that talked about how the English language only had one word for “love.” One. Just one. Other language across the world & cultures have up to 96 words for love. And it got me thinking, what difference would this make?
Would we be happier, more expressive if there were more ways for saying the word “love”? It seems these days there are about 13745 curse words, but only one English word for “love”? Something about this seems completely wrong to me. It seems to me that increasing the number of words that can be used to describe an emotion so pure and full of hope as love, would this not promote more kindness, empathy and general happiness overall?
I think the one take away no matter what is this: no matter how many actual words we have for the feeling of love, we should all try using it more. Tell your friends, family and other loved ones that you do love them, and often. Or even practice better self-love: tell yourself that you are amazing, awesome and deserve to be loved. To me, it always helps me to feel more positive, and usually a quick “I love you too” back always helps to brighten my day!
Breanne is a passionate educator and the newest member of the mindyourmind team. She has been teaching and working with young people for the better part of the last 7 years. Breanne loves helping educate youth and their community in any way she can. In her free time, she is an avid book reader (she once started a book club with a group of friends), tea lover, travel enthusiast (she’s been to more than 15 countries!), and loyal friend. Breanne is looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that await her at mindyourmind.
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