True love is an enduring and strong emotional bond between two lovers or married couples who are in a satisfying, happy and mutually satisfying relationship. An example of true love may be the deep emotional bond shared between two lovers who have been married for forty years and who still feel passionate about each other and want to share their lives with each other. In love there is always an underlying reason. It can be physical attraction, common interests or even some kind of perceived similarity. When two people meet they create a bond based on that reason. When one person decides to marry another it creates a deeper connection and they begin to share thoughts, dreams and actions.
True love, unlike lust or infatuation, is typically rooted in something more profound than our sexual desires. It is our brain’s way of telling the body that there is a significant other there waiting for us. There is typically an intense emotional and psychological reaction to romantic love. Our brain areas light up when we are experiencing romantic love. The sight of the beloved face lights up parts of the brain responsible for memory and the processing of thought.
True love involves feelings and thoughts that are not solely sexual in nature. It may include feelings of friendship, respect, acceptance, trust, communication and concern for another person’s well-being. Emotional intimacy can create positive emotions such as joy, peace, serenity, contentment and vitality. Positive emotions are much easier to manage when they accompany appropriate intimate contact. For example, when you give your lover compliments on a compliment that you made them or when you tell them how beautiful they are after you have given them a loving compliment.
Physical affection, such as holding hands, hugging and kissing, releases hormones that help us feel good. However, physical affection can sometimes get out of control and lead to negative feelings such as jealousy, stress, anxiety, anger and even insecurity. When you keep your feelings of love and affection under control by controlling your physical affection you will also be able to better manage your emotions and your feelings of well-being.
A recent study revealed that people who engage in romantic relationships spend more time in “amygdala” brain areas. The amygdala is a small, almond-shaped area deep within the brain that is primarily related to emotion. This is the region that processes negative emotions such as fear and anxiety. This is important to understand because if you are feeling bad because you are afraid that you will hurt your partner or if you are feeling bad because you think that you may be unfaithful then it is likely that you are using this area to reinforce unhealthy feelings and thoughts.
By learning to use affectionate touch and voice to cultivate feelings of intimacy, you will be able to effectively practice attachment parenting. Attachment parenting is a form of parenting that involves giving your child all of the love, attention and support that they need during this tender young form of development. You are modeling the best way for how to love and to be loved by putting your focus on the moment and sharing affection when appropriate. When you are doing this you will be cultivating healthy forms of intimacy and love that will have lasting effects on your child for the rest of their lives. When you practice attachment parenting, you will be providing your children with a love-filled environment in which they can thrive and learn to form love and intimacy.