The Science of Love: Let’s Celebrate Love in February

The Science of Love: Let's Celebrate Love in February

The heart has become the symbol of February’s most celebrated day, Valentine’s Day.I find it fascinating that my 2-year-old granddaughter’s favorite shape is a heart. I don’t think she yet associates it with romantic love, but it’s a universal symbol that speaks to our “hard-wired” need for human connection.

As infants, we cannot survive without a connection to our caregivers. We need others to survive and thrive. As we grow and become adults, most of us desire a connection with one special person with whom we hope to remain connected for a lifetime. Finding “our person” is good for our health and longevity. Studies have been done that prove the need for human connection.