Mario here are my beliefs in love. You may not agree and geez it's kind of hard to give you visible proof on this one! LOL
But, if you love someone either a friend or a lover, or family, it is because you have things in common, understand each other, you are good for them, and they for you, they give you strength, wisdom, ideas etc to make YOU a better person. You need to be in touch with them, or you feel something is missing in your life. That is my determination of love. I won't say the romantic stuff like you can't live without them etc. Cos you can and do. But they help make your life better and fuller.
I liken it to being safely ensconed in your father's arms, you know that feeling? Well you kind of feel like that when you are with someone you love.
Having these special people in your lives give it more purpose, some joy, a reason to get up in the morning other than just having to go to work etc.
Love is the foundation of peace in life, we do need it, and it sweetens life so.
I've learnt in my life, as an adoptee and only child, to take the love that is offered, you soon realise the ones who mean it, and those just being polite or whatever.
It helps to know there are people in my case, all over the world who genuinely love me and care for me.
Although I may have no one to hug at certain times I do know I am loved and not as alone as I sometimes feel.
How's that for you?
Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.
(Sovereign of the Spirit)