Do you have people you love? Are there people that love you? Well, I hope the answer is yes to both questions. As human beings, love is an integral part of our well-being.

Early in my life, my mother went home to be with the Lord. It was a sudden and unexpected loss for our family. As the oldest child, I was responsible for taking care of my mother’s affairs and my younger sisters. It was a heavy burden to bear, but I was blessed to be surrounded by people who loved me.

As I reflect on my last conversation with my mother, I tried to remember if I told her “I love you.” I knew she knew, but I still should have said it. I am not one for regrets; however, I hope I said it. Why? Because my mother would have enjoyed hearing it, but also for my benefit.

“Where there is love there is life.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Throughout my life, I have experienced the loss of several individuals who I deeply loved Now, I tell the people I love that I love them as often as possible.

Research has shown love has a positive effect on our mental and physical health. Now I’m not speaking of the intense feeling of romantic love. Dr. Harry Reis said it best when he said, “There is very nice evidence that people who participate in satisfying, long-term relationships fare better on a whole variety of health measures.”

So, what are some of the benefits of love?

  • Fewer trips to the doctor’s office
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer colds
  • Better stress management
  • Less pain and faster healing
  • Less depression, anxiety, and substance abuse
  • A longer and happier life

While the list is not comprehensive, it does demonstrate the benefits of love.

Now that we understand the benefits of love on us, I think it is imperative to answer the following question. When was the last time you told the people you love and who love you that you love them? Was it yesterday, last year, or 10 years ago?

Communicating our feelings is also an essential human need. We need to know we are loved. I am blessed to have people in my life who I love and love me. Unfortunately, I have not always shared my feelings with those I love on a regular basis.

As we enter this season of thanksgiving, I encourage you to take the time to celebrate the people you love and who love you.

“Celebrate the people in your life who are there because they love you for no other reason than because you are YOU.”

Mandy Hale

Remember, no one is promised tomorrow, so make today count!

Are you celebrating the people in your life?


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  • Thank you for emphasizing the values of relationships Dr. Moore. Have a blessed time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.


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