“He loves me! He loves me not. He loves me! He loves me not. . . .”

Who would have ever guessed that a pretty white and yellow daisy could predict such an outcome!

I believed it as a little girl!

Most children are brought into this world encircled with love from mother and father, siblings, grandparents and all sorts of family and friends. Being loved brings with it a warm and wonderful feeling of security and belonging.

My granddaughter, Scarlet Rose, is a loved little girl with a great big heart for all living things. The smaller the critter the better. Even for her little brothers! Where does such love come from?

I would wager a bet that everyone has experienced love in one form or another. Familial love is the most common. We meet people over the course of our lives who become endearing friends and, we know, love us. Our pets seem to love us. They certainly are happy when we come home. (Mine are just hungry and have to pee!)  We find love with those in our place of worship and from our God.

Why is love so necessary? Why is it so important to our lives?

Love, in its many forms, plays a crucial role in our lives for various reasons, affecting us on individual, social, and even biological levels. Here are some key aspects of why love is considered so necessary.

Love fosters feelings of belonging, security, and acceptance, which contribute to emotional stability and happiness

Feeling loved and valued by others can boost self-esteem and confidence, encouraging us to step outside our comfort zones and reach our full potential.

Research suggests that love and strong social connections can have positive effects on physical health, potentially lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and even boosting the immune system.

He loves me! He loves me not. . . . YES! He loves me!

Lani Kelly is a research writer for Youthful Aging Home Home Care