What is Love?
Social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson has been studying positive emotions including love for decades. In Love 2.0 , Fredrickson provides a rich definition of the mystery we call love :
First and foremost, love is an emotion, a momentary state that arises to infuse your mind and body alike … As for all positive emotions, the inner feeling love brings you is inherently and exquisitely pleasant—it feels extraordinarily good.
Yet far beyond feeling good, a micro-moment of love, like other positive emotions, literally changes your mind. It expands your awareness of your surroundings, even your sense of self. The boundaries between you and not-you—what lies beyond your skin—relax and become more permeable.
While infused with love you see fewer distinctions between you and others. Indeed, your ability to see others—really see them, wholeheartedly—springs open. Love can even give you a palpable sense of oneness and connection, a transcendence that makes you feel part of something far larger than yourself.
With this definition of love, it becomes clear that love needs to be an integral component for any organization genuinely committed to a mission or purpose beyond pure profit.