It seems like everybody’s addicted to their smart phones these days, and we feel as if we’d suffocate if we can’t sneak a quick glance to check our messages and new likes. Some of us are addicted to food, shopping, gambling, video games, drugs, porn, and other substances/activities that momentarily soothe our nerves.
This happens because of neurotransmitter rewards. In other words, each time we get a new like or take another hit of our favorite “drug,” our brain rewards us with a quick shot of dopamine. That hit – the message, food, new shoes, etc. – isn’t what we’re actually addicted to, it’s the dopamine. All those activities are merely methods to stimulate its release.
What would happen to our world if we became addicted to loving behavior instead? To kind words, generous gestures, acts of courage and nobility, healthy self care, kindness, acceptance, and spiritual growth? Continue reading “Addicted to Love”
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To learn to love more, knowledge and explanations are not enough. You must experience love for yourself. That’s why most … Continue reading Second-Hand Love
On one hand, love is an absolute. It is what it is, and it’s powerful, abundant, and infinite. On the … Continue reading Learned Limits
The second thing love does, after seeing a person clearly, is to accept them unconditionally. That doesn’t make love blind … Continue reading Acceptance
Have you ever wondered why love inspires such courage and “casteth out all fear”? Well, I’ll tell you! There are … Continue reading Courage
One reason we don’t choose to love more is that we’re afraid that love will be a burden. We’re afraid … Continue reading The Burden of Love
Romantic love is one of the most powerful forces on earth, and because it’s also quite complex and confusing, several … Continue reading Romantic Love Counterfeits
If you’re wondering what it means to love yourself and how to go about it, it’s really quite simple: you … Continue reading Love Thyself as Thy Neighbor