: to feel great affection for (someone)
: to feel love for (someone)
: to feel romantic love for (someone)
: to like or desire (something) very much
: to take great pleasure in (something)
: to thrive in
: to hold dear
: warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion
: a beloved person
I could go on with the definition, but you get the concept. Such a small word - a few lines and swirls, really - to encompass so much meaning. It is a noun, a verb, a transitive verb, an intransitive verb... it is a state of being and a score of zero. It may be a disservice to the English language that our one term encompasses so much - to love someone and to be in love with someone could mean the same thing or refer to completely different emotions depending on the person you are talking about. Ancient Greek had four terms for love as it refers to human relationships alone! However, it also grants us a measure of liberality in our application of the word: we can love our spouse, we can love our pets, we can love our new t-shirt or the burger we had for dinner last night. We can love our friends and we can love fresh peaches on a summer afternoon.
February is known as the love month as Valentine's Day is celebrated on the 14th, and in honor of this crazy little thing called love, we've gathered a list of things we love or have loved (in the "to hold dear," "to like," "to desire," "to thrive," or "enthusiasm" context) and the responses were as varied as the personalities in the office: wishing for a sister or younger brother when they were growing up, traveling the world, a good cup of coffee, laughing babies, Saving Mr Banks, a lynx, book recommendations, a Tesla Model S, little green army men, leisurely bike rides, a fluffy floral sofa, running, Cupie dolls, go-go boots, hot chocolate chip cookies, Martha Brady's hair... and so many more.
For more of the things we love, check out our Pinterest board: