Happy Valentines!

When we think of Valentines Day, for most of us our thoughts go almost immediately to romantic love. St Valentine himself is often associated with romantic gestures, marrying couples in secret and sending love letters.

But love isn’t all about romance. Do you know that the ancient Greeks had six different words for love? They did!

Here they are:

Eros for sexual passion and desire

Phlia for deep friendship and comradeship

Ludus for the playful love of children and flirting

Agape for the selfless love of all people on the earth, empathy

Pragma for the mature love of long-married couples

Philautia for self love (both negative narcissism, and positive self-compassion)

So wherever you are in the world, I wish you Phila if you are a fellow writer in the trenches, and Agape to all!

Happy Valentines!

You can read excellent descriptions of the 6 different definitions of Ancient Greek love here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-ancient-greeks-6-words-for-love-and-why-knowing-them-can-change-your-life

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