You are in love, engaged and now planning your wedding! But do you ever wonder what is love, really?

There are so many uses of this word LOVE People say they love ice cream, love coffee they love shopping, they love sports and so on.

Young love, new love, so fun, so exciting, so magical. But what about the love that last 40, 50, 60 years or more?

Love is commitment

Mutually commented to each other and to making the relationship work, no matter what. How’s the saying go? For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live? No, it’s not always easy, but it’s so worth it when you make it through the tough times and experience the better times. When I see an elderly couple walking hand in hand, and an occasional glance of adoration for each other after all those years makes me smile and warms my heart. I wonder what experiences they have had, good and bad through the years that have strengthened their bond that is physically visible when you see their interaction with each other.

Love is unconditional

The word unconditional means that there are no expectations or limitations set. To love unconditionally is a difficult thing, and most humans aren’t good at that. But true love really does love without trying to change the other person.

Love celebrates differences

Both of you should have similar values and an understanding that you are distinctly two different people often with different backgrounds. Men and women are wired differently. Understanding and appreciating these differences can make the journey much easier and even rewarding. Let’s face it: We’re all different. Even identical twins aren’t exactly the same. They have different experiences and outlooks about the world. Real love doesn’t make other people wrong for being different. When people truly love another person, they accept and celebrate their differences.

Discover what makes the other one feel loved.

What makes us feel loved varies. In the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, he explains the different ways people give and receive love: (1) Words of Affirmation (2) Acts of Service, (3) Giving Gifts, (4) Spending Time Together and (5) Touch. It’s important to discover other people’s love language so you can understand each other and give love in a way that the other person recognizes it.

Enjoy the magical bond of true love at every stage of your relationship. And may you be that couple that lives happily ever after!