Aww, love! Nobody can escape from Cupid and his arrows of love, colorful butterflies, bitter chocolate, and secret serenades.
There are numerous forms of love. Maternal love, unconditional love, erotic love, love for knowledge, and so on and on. People can love their families, God, chocolate, cats, and even themselves. In fact, self-love is the main source of love because only people who value themselves can share affection with the rest of the universe.
Of all forms of love, romantic love has always been a thorn in people's backside. Whether's it's heterosexual or homosexual, relationships can mess up people’s hearts. It's no surprise that love is one of the main topics of philosophical discussions, poems, and pop songs. Interestingly, according to Greek mythology, people were created with four legs, four arms, and two faces, but Zeus cut them in half - condemning us, people, spend our lives in search of our other halves.
What’s love, though? Is it about being in love or choosing to love till death do us part? Is it about attraction or trust instead? Is it about hate or forgiveness? Sadly, philosophers, psychologists, and doctors cannot give us an answer to this complicated phenomenon.
But hey, kids with their innocent hearts and bright eyes know a lot about love. Here are 25 unbearably adorable ways kids describe love - something which will make your heart dance in cuteness.
25 Butterflies & Stars
Being in love is a magical sensation. Being in love is when you want the best for you loved one and there’s nothing in this world which can ruin your happiness. It’s also an involuntary process - it’s the butterflies in your stomach that carry you away to a beautiful universe where only your loved one exists.
Love makes people beautiful inside and out. As little Karen, age 7, says, "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you" - stars that shine above you and help you find the hidden path towards a steady partnership based on illuminating feelings.
24 Yummy Love
Love is like a chicken soup for your soul. It provides happiness and positive vibes. And makes you do things you’ve never imagined before - like sharing your French fries with someone. As Chrissy, age 6, says, "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
And funny enough, food and love are all connected. A survey proved that a man’s heart is through his stomach. Surprisingly, it’s the same for women. According to yourtango.com, food simply plays an important role in love. So, even if you can’t cook, just indulge in love.
23 Source Of Energy And Smiles
What is love? Is it a sweet feeling carried on the butterflies in your stomach? Or is it a personal choice, until death do us part? Well, only kids have the answers to all these questions. And as Terry, age 4, says, "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
And we should agree that love is an everlasting source of energy. It is the burning engine that keeps one walking and smiling. After a long day at work and hours stuck in traffic, the thought of your loved ones is enough to put a smile on your face, and brighten the day up. Love is pure and energizing happiness!
22 365 Days A Year
Love is a divine feeling which can elevate people. Many Ancient Greek philosophers tried to analyze the concept of love. Plato, for instance, claimed that love was a feeling in which people’s animalistic desires were replaced by intellectual stimulation in order to get closer to the divine nature of love.
But if the Platonic concept of love is too much for you, Noelle, only 7, found better words to describe love: "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day." And we can agree that when in love, we’d do anything to make our loved one happy, 365 days a year.
21 Love Is Caring
Struck by love, we grow in relationships. The feeling of being in love transforms into a steady process of loving and caring. Some relationships can last forever, and it’s care that keeps them alive. As Rebecca, age 8, says, "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So, my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Friends come and go, kids grow, possessions break, titles fade, but partners in love stick to each other till death do them part. And although bodies age, true love never dies.
20 Love Is To Smell Each Other
Have you ever wondered why we try to look nice for the people we love? Simply to smell each other. As Karl, age 5, says, "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
With or without perfume, the smell of our loved one is the most magical aroma. Interestingly, according to experimentalperfumeclub.com, our sense of smell is the most powerful sense as it can trigger emotions and memories. Because our sense of smell is linked to the limbic system, which is "the brain of our emotions."
19 Fluffy Love
Love is all around us. It's not a secret that there are many forms of love and many people adore their pets. Interestingly enough, animals can also experience love and affection. Dogs, in particular, are adorable. They can show love by wagging their fluffy tails, rolling over, licking (anything they), or even wetting the floor.
And as sweet Mary Anny, age 4, says, "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day." Love knows no distance!
18 Love Is Icky
Love is a magical process. It starts with the feeling of being in love and slowly grows into trust and understanding. Or as Emily, age 8, say, "Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss."
Kisses go hand in hand with love. Interestingly, the term "eros" was used by Ancient Greeks to describe the passionate and erotic side of love.
17 Quiet Magic
When people are in love, they emit a special glow which flows in the skies like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Loving people are charming and giving. In fact, we often cherish our love by giving in order to make our special ones happy. It’s not a secret that Christmas is one of those special times of year when our hearts are filled with love.
But love is more than sharing presents – it’s the desire to give without expecting anything in return. As Bobby, age 7, says, "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
16 Safe Whispers
Love is overwhelming. But in the end, love is our safe ground. Sometimes the safest place to be is in the arms of your loved one – a place where you can melt in love.
A person who loves will keep their special one safe. It’s no surprise that babies run towards their parents when they are upset or scared. As Billy, age 4, says, "When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth."
15 The Best Piece Of Chicken
Love is just a concept. We can’t see or understand it. But in the end, it’s so real. It’s not only songs and poems that tackle the phenomenon of being in love. Physical changes simply make it obvious. Aw, those sweaty hands and red cheeks!
And as we know, actions speak louder than words. As Elaine, age 5, says, "Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." As mentioned above, love and food go hand in hand, and the best dish is the one garnished with love.
14 Just Four Letters
Love - four letters but so much power. Although love is real, sometimes people overuse this precious word. Pop stars sing about love, writers describe love, people make love without any feelings. Therefore, we all need the innocence of childhood to help us become wise and loving.
As Jessica, only 8, says, "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." So, no matter how busy you are, find a moment to tell your family and friends you love them.
13 Higher Ground
Love can transform the universe. People who love their true Self can share their love with the rest of the world. Love is not only a personal feeling - a loving heart can embrace the whole world and all the people in need. This type of love is universal and special.
As Jenny, age 8, says, "There are two kinds of love. Our love. God's love. But God makes both kinds of them." Note that Ancient Greeks referred to the love of God as "agape." People do not have to be religious to know that Love is divine.
12 Love Knows No Age
When we talk about love, we should mention that there’s a difference between emotions and feelings. Emotions are momentary sensations, such as sadness and fear. Feelings, on the other hand, are mental experiences, which are the result of the way the brain interprets emotions.
And some deep feelings never die. As Tommy, age 6, says, "Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Your loved one is, in fact, your best friend.
11 Brave Smiles
Parental love is one of the most special forms of love - it’s unconditional and deep, it gives strength and faith. As Cindy, age 8, said, "During my piano recital, I was on the stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
With time, the bond between parents and kids becomes really strong, so it’s no surprise that moms and dads will do anything for their little heroes.
10 A Sip Of Love
Being in love is not a choice - it’s just a feeling that hits you with its pinky kisses and magic vibes. To love, though, is a choice – you decide to stay with the person you love after the butterflies are gone and keep your love burning. It’s to sacrifice, share, and give.
As Danny, only 7, says, "Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
9 Love Is For Free
Family dynamics are complicated. We all know that siblings often argue, fight, and hate each other. However, there’s a special bond between brothers and sisters. In fact, Ancient Greeks used the term "philia" to describe the fondness and friendship among family members, as well as community members.
And the way sweet Lauren, age 4, describes love can only put a smile on your face, "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."
8 Mommy Loves Me More Than Anybody
Parental love is powerful. Maternal love, in particular, is blissful. As famous psychologist Erich Fromm said, "Mother’s love is bliss, is peace, it need not be acquired, it need not be deserved." Although motherhood is challenging, and it takes some time to bond with the baby, mothers do have a special connection with their kids.
And Clare, age 6, found the right words to describe love, "My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."
7 Smelly, Sweaty & Handsome
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, people say. And for people who love there’s nothing more perfect and special than the person they adore. As Chris, age 7, says, "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."
In fact, the romantic side of love has always been more valued than its physical aspect. While feeling physically attractive is important for people’s self-esteem, romantic love is unique and divine. Like all the stories about knights and maidens we all love!
6 Love Vs. Hate
Love and hate are two of the strongest feelings people can experience. According to psychologytoday.com, intense love can quickly turn into hate. Sometimes the person we hate is the person we love the most.
However, it takes lots of courage to love someone you hate. As Nikka, age 6, says, "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate." In fact, this is one of the most important philosophical questions: Should a person try to love everyone equally?
5 Love Is A Basic Need
Love is one of the basic needs we all crave for. Often love is a physical response to someone we like, and the traditional etiquette of love often empowers men over women. And although many geneticists believe that love is all about physical motivation and reproduction, love is more than attraction and physical needs. It’s more about caring, trusting, listening, and accepting.
As sweet Mark, age 6, says, "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."
4 Maybe… No, Never Mind. I Don’t Know
What is love? How can one describe the precious feeling of being in love? All the strong emotions, powerful sensations, and weird dreams?! It is a physical desire? Or a conscious response? Can one capture love in words? Well, although there are thousands of songs and poems about love, it’s still hard to explain this miracle.
As Jessie, age 7, said, "Maybe… No, never mind. I don’t know." Wyn, age 8, added, "I’m not sure because everyone who says they love each other also acts like they hate each other."
3 Love Is Nothing And Everything
Love can make you dumb. Let’s admit it, when you are in love, there’s nothing you see or hear – your whole world revolves around your loved one. As Justin, age 11, says, "Love is when you kiss a girl for the first time and then you know that you’ll never be bored again because you can always just think about kissing her."
However, as people can’t touch or see love, it’s hard to understand its meaning, and in the end, it’s better to stop analyzing it. As Noah, age 7, says, love is "Nothing."
2 You Tell Me!
Love is a personal experience. For some people it’s a sweet feeling, for others is a broken heart. As Lee, age 7, says, "You tell me! You’re old." Perhaps we will never be able to define love, even some of the greatest Ancient philosophers failed to do that. Just look at us - serious and rational adults - we find it hard to say 'I love you!'
One thing is for sure: the English word "love" comes from the Germanic form of the Sanskrit word "lubhyati," meaning "desires."
1 Ewwww! Love? Ew
Love is weird. Kisses, cries, chocolate, and pink balloons. From holding our baby to playing with our sweet puppy, love has many forms and colors. On top of that, people can love and hate at the same time. As Owen, age 5, says, "I know what love is. Love is when someone loves someone else… and then they whack each other."
Yes, love can be tough. We can do lots of "gross" things out of love. We can pick our baby’s nose for them, we can give our partner a proper snog, and so and on. In other words, as Malik, age 6, exclaimed, "Ewwww! Love? Ew."
References: Aplus.com, Dailygood.org, Experimental Perfume Club, iep.utm.edu, Power Of Positivity, Psychology Today, Thought Catolog, Your Tango