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Everyone loves the feeling of being in love. But what does love do to us? To answer that question, I’ve done some research!
First of all, the feeling of love is caused by chemicals in our bodies. Dopamine, vasopressin and cortisol flow in large quantities through our brain, making us feel that “high, fluttery feeling” when we’re around the person of our desire. So, technically, love is a drug! Or maybe better said, love itself is an influencer of bodily (hormonal) drug activity! (Thought Catalog: 19 Scientifically Proven Ways “Love” Affects Our Bodies Like A Drug.)
You may say, wait! Cortisol? I thought that was a stress hormone! Well, it is. But…cortisol is also responsible for many good things in body function as well such as controlling blood sugar levels, regulating metabolism and reducing inflammation. It assists with memory and helps fetuses grown in women during pregnancy. (That is, if you’re still in the lovey dovey phase! (Hormone Health Network: What Does Cortisol Do?)
Many times people say they feel different when they get involved with a new lover/relationship. And in a way they’re onto something. The hormones present in your body when you’re in love create feelings similar to those of people with manic depression. It is almost as if you could conquer the world. As if life is different, vibrant and new. (Thought Catalog: 19 Scientifically Proven Ways “Love” Affects Our Bodies Like A Drug.)
For these reasons, love is a good thing. But, if we get dumped or break up with our lover, the opposite can happen. When we are rejected, pain centers in our brain light up when we look at a picture of our ex. We also can experience having a broken heart ( a real condition called stress induced cardiomyopathy) which has the very extreme and rare possibility of killing its victim. (Thought Catalog: 19 Scientifically Proven Ways “Love” Affects Our Bodies Like A Drug.)
“Broken heart syndrome” can strike even if you’re healthy. Luckily, though, it isn’t common. The symptoms of stress induced cardiomyopathy are almost identical to those of a heart attack. It is unknown how many people actually die from this condition but there are eleven documented cases in which Johnny Cash was one of them. (Thought Catalog: 11 Documented Cases Of People Actually Dying Of A Broken Heart).
Love can heal and it can hurt. It is my opinion that we are better for having loved because it expands us and enlightens us in our daily existence of being human. Though the pain can be pronounced, the positive effects are worth the extra effort!
If you like quotes, you’ll love this video clip I created which I entitled A Boost Of Inspiration! I combined several of my inspirational quotes in this video to give you a boost of motivation and determination! So…without further adieu….here it is!
If you enjoyed it, pass it along to a friend! A little inspiration is always a good thing! And reminders are always very helpful in living a life of success. So…..remember to be positive, purposeful and keep a good sense of humor! Then everything else will fall into place!
So many times we dream about things we could do or be, only to give in too easily to despair and hardships on our journey. If we really want to succeed, we need to remain reliable to our dreams and ourselves through the good times and bad. Setbacks happen to everyone making success seem like smoke on the horizon…something we think we see but we’re unsure of how to go about achieving it. Or we know how to achieve it and stumbling blocks shorten and delay our stamina. To succeed, we must keep our dreams just ahead of us and continue to strive, to be reliable!
We hear overnight success stories and they do happen from time to time. More often though, we have to work tediously and slave for our dreams to become a reality. I am reminded of the saying “nothing in this world worth having comes easy.” The seemingly overnight success stories often are built on a platform of hard work behind the scenes. Even the singer who wins the reality show has spent years perfecting his/her voice. Overnight success is rare. Very rare.
Never give up. Unreliability and irresponsibility will kill a dream every time. Believe in yourself and know you can achieve whatever you believe you can. Then, if you persevere, chances are you will succeed…if you don’t give up.
And never be afraid to lend someone else a helping hand. You never know when the favor will come full circle to bless you in the end!
Deep down in the heart of every person is the desire to be at peace. The beauty of peace is an innate craving. We try and try to find things that will give us peace. True peace can only be found in God.
The world says that we’ll be at peace when we achieve this or that or when we win this or that. That type of satisfaction is temporary. No matter how many mountains we climb, how many things we achieve, how many dollars we make, it will not bring us lasting peace.
Peace is an experience devoid of anxiety; an experience of fulfillment without reason. What do we have to do to find true peace? In reality, the only thing we can do is connect with our Source…the one who created us to begin with. We crave a relationship with God. That’s why we try to find true love in another fallible human being. The only “true” love that exists is the love of the one who made us. The reason being? None of us is perfect. We all fall short and let each other down sooner or later. So how can peace exist in such an environment?
It can’t hinge on our surroundings. Our surroundings are always changing. They’re unpredictable, unreliable. Peace can’t thrive in such a state. Peace depends on the solidity of faith and a power much greater than reason; hence, a state of being which will supercede our everyday existence. Peace is a quandary for the seeker. It can seem like a state that doesn’t really exist. But if you look in the right place, you’ll find it.
It’s a spiritual undertaking: a quest. And when you finally enter its beautiful state of rest, you’ll never be the same. People have found it and learned to treasure it more than their everyday life experiences. The truly beautiful aspect of peace comes when you learn to cultivate your everyday life into its wonderful concept. When you’re truly living “peace on earth and goodwill toward men”, what could possibly be better?
From my viewpoint, not much!
To revere peace and love, we are told to live in love and have a good attitude. That is a wonderful way to live but we also need to know our boundaries in that type of lifestyle.
Too many times we think that living in love means to allow others to walk all over us…to be a doormat. In reality, it means to have a loving attitude and to help out any way we can…with limits.
Once the relationship becomes abusive or we are being used for the benefit of others, there is no shame in walking away. In fact, walking away is setting a healthy boundary for us to continue to be loving people. The key is: walking away with a good attitude. In order to do this, we must walk away before our anger is ignited because we have allowed others to use us in our process of trying to be loving, caring people.
So….once your good has worn out its welcome in a situation (as it very commonly does)…walk away! And don’t feel bad about doing it! Because you will soon find yourself facing another situation where your love is needed to be passed along. And if you allow yourself to be used, you will be too weary to continue on your journey.
Take care and God Bless!
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Here is my most recent inspirational quote, brought on by some hard days that I’ve gone through. I made this quote to remind myself and to inspire others! The last few days (the last week, actually) has been tough. In order to counteract a bad attitude, I started stating a blessing or something I was grateful for in response to every negative thought that went through my head. It helped a lot!
If you know someone who is going through a tough time right now, feel free to share this quote with them. It will help to spark some positive energy in their heart and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day!
Just remember…this too shall pass!
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