By Dana George-Berberich
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” -- Nelson Mandela
Love is more than a rush of endorphins to the brain, more than a sappy song or tear-stained pillow. Love is a necessity – like air or water. Babies deprived of love fail to grow, to develop normally. Lives devoid of love wither and dry up.
The great news is we are all capable of loving. Even the most tired, used-up, hurt human being can feel a flicker that turns into a fire of warm emotion. It may be directed at a child, partner, friend, or even a pet. The human ability to feel love can be expressed in a multitude of ways and each one of them has healing properties.
Love boosts those “feel good” neurotransmitters in the brain that con...