Love is a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection to pleasure.
Affection, attraction, infatuation, or fondness is a "disposition or state of mind or body" that is often associated with a feeling or type of love.
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It can refer to an emotion of a strong attraction and personal attachment.
Emotion is any relatively brief conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity and a high degree of pleasure or displeasure.
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It can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—"the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another".
Kindness is a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern and consideration for others.
Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.
It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one's self or animals.
Non-Western traditions have also distinguished variants or symbioses of these states; words like storge, philia, eros, and agape each describe a unique "concept" of love.
Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, "the highest form of love, charity" and "the love of God for man and of man for God".
Storge or familial love refers to natural or instinctual affection, such as the love of a parent towards offspring and vice versa.
Philia, often translated "brotherly love", is one of the four ancient Greek words for love: philia, storge, agape and eros.
Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning—notably in Abrahamic religions.
The Abrahamic religions, also referred to collectively as Abrahamism, are a group of Semitic-originated religious communities of faith that claim descent from the Judaism of the ancient Israelites and the worship of the God of Abraham.
Religion is a cultural system of behaviors and practices, world views, sacred texts, holy places, ethics, and societal organisation that relate humanity to what an anthropologist has called "an order of existence".
This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.
Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.
An interpersonal relationship is a strong, deep, or close association or acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring.
The arts refers to the theory and physical expression of creativity found in human societies and cultures.
Love may be understood as a function to keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species.