The Healing and Transformative Power of Love
Love is an extremely powerful thing. It is vigorous enough to cause healing and transformation even in the most difficult times, among the most difficult people. For some, love is the very essence of it all. Everything that people do is aimed toward the attainment of love.
Love comes in different forms: love for the family, love for friends, love for a partner, love for pets, love for God, and more. It is reflected in almost everything, everywhere. Raymond Quattlebaum, in his book The Color of Love, demonstrates just how immense the power and ubiquity of love are through his wonderful poems. For him, love is the most powerful emotion in the universe. Raymond Quattlebaum in reflection of love believes that love exists everywhere, but the most genuine love that one can find is that which comes from God Himself. God’s love is unconditional.
The love that God has for you; the love that others have for you; the love that you have for others and for God; and the love that you have for yourself – all of these kinds of love are powerful enough to heal you from anything and transform your life. Below are some manifestations of the healing and transformative power of love.
Love keeps pain under control
Being in the presence of someone you love can help reduce any pain that you might be feeling. Scientifically, several research studies have shown that love can indeed serve as a modulator of pain. In a recent study led by Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, it has been found that when you touch someone you love, your brainwaves synchronize and you become more resilient to painful stimuli. This is perhaps the reason why some people like to hold the hands of their loved one when getting an injection. Another study conducted by the researchers of the State University of New York affirms this notion that love keeps pain under control. The findings of this study show that generally, people who are in love complain less about pain (e.g. headaches or back pains) compared to those who are not.
Love reduces negative emotions
Love has the power to reduce negative emotions such as sadness, frustration, and anger. When you are feeling sad, for example, the presence or comfort of someone you love has a good chance of making you feel better because the positive emotion of love overpowers the negative feeling that you are harboring. This is one of the great manifestations of the healing and transformative power of love – it can make your rainy day sunny. Even depression has no match against love. Several experts have proven that having loving relationships can improve depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. The sense of companionship and support that love brings help keep depression at bay.
Love fosters happiness and growth
Being in love or having loving relationships makes it easy for people to foster happiness and growth. Love is commonly associated with emotions of joy and happiness. So, when you constantly feel loved, you also tend to feel constantly happy because love, in general, increases happiness significantly. Scientifically, according to an 80-year-old Harvard study, the happiness that you feel when you are in love is due to the release by your brain of a chemical called ‘dopamine’. Dopamine is what is commonly referred to as the ‘feel-good neurotransmitter’ or the ‘happy hormone’. Of course, when you are constantly happy because of love, it also becomes easy for you to grow as an individual. More often than not, the only thing that prevents people from growing is their negative thoughts or emotions, which love can usually overpower.
Love provides a better quality of life
It is pretty obvious that love, with its healing and transformative power, can make the life of everyone better. When you love and feel loved, you tend to cultivate a deeper sense of happiness than what a bucket-load of money can provide; and when you are happy, of course, your quality of life improves too. Developing a loving connection with God, particularly, can give you the best quality of life that you could ask for. When you love and feel the immense and unconditional love of God every day, you tend to have a more positive view on life. More so, you tend to become more grateful and convinced in the significance and purpose that your life brings to the world.
Ultimately, everyone can agree that love is healing and transformative. It is good for the body, mind, heart, and spirit. It can create breakthroughs and transformations, and it can cause healing even in the most difficult times, among the most difficult people. In love, everything is possible – everything is doable, changeable, or acceptable. Indeed, as Raymond Quattlebaum has put it, “Love is the most powerful emotion in the universe.”