When talking about romance, the term ‘unconditional love’ weighs heavily on many couples. It could either stem from fear to meet expectations or even the doubt of its existence. This is because these words are thrown around lightly in terms of romance, and especially in toxic relationships. However, this is simply because people rarely know the true definition of what unconditional love is, and often mistake it for a love with out boundaries. Although, this isn’t exactly true. Now, let’s discuss the meaning behind these two simple words and give examples of what unconditional love is, what it is not, and how you can bring it into your relationship.
What is Unconditional Love?
To start, when we dissect the term ‘unconditional love’, it means to love someone without condition. Or, in other words, without expectation. It simply means you will choose to love someone for who they are and not set terms on it such as, “I will love you unless you act this way,” or, “I will love you when you do this, but not when you do this.” It also means to love someone through the difficult times, to love their flaws, their mistakes, and to not let these define your relationship.
What Unconditional Love is Not
Unconditional love is not a love without boundaries.
To clarify, unconditional love does not mean to tolerate and disregard abuse, manipulation, or cheating. Unconditional love is not staying with someone who harms you, controls you, or makes you feel bad about yourself. Unconditional love is not one-sided; you must both decide you want to make your relationship work and be equally understanding and accepting.
If your partner acts like this, they may have obsessive love disorder. Check out our articles, “Signs of Obsessive Love Disorder” for more information.
How to Love Unconditionally
Now, if you truly want to learn how to love unconditionally, here are a few simple pointers to live by:
1. Don’t Give up
First, it’s important to remember that no relationship is perfect, even an unconditional one. There will always be arguments, ups and downs, tears, and hardship. The important part is not letting these moments define your relationship. Instead, work through them to make it stronger. Don’t hold resentment toward each other for a disagreement and don’t belittle each other for mistakes. Learn to overcome them and move on together.
To learn more information about this and ways to love unconditionally, be sure to check out the article, “7 Ways to Practice Unconditional Love” for additional insight.
2. Learn to Respect Each Other’s Differences
Next, another important aspect of unconditional love is respecting your differences. Whether that’s hobbies, beliefs, or something else – differences are a part of every relationship, and acknowledging and respecting each of your own unique differences is key to a healthy relationship. Remember, when loving someone unconditionally, you never put a leash on them. Let them be who they were when they were single.
3. Embrace Every Moment
And lastly, if you want to love someone unconditionally, you have to learn to embrace each moment. No, not every moment in a relationship is a good one, but the bad moments are part of the relationship, too. They are the moments that define when you didn’t give up or when your love was stronger than the problem. They also show what you two were able to overcome when you worked together. Embracing these moments will not only keep your relationship strong but also allow you to love your partner in ways you would have never imagined. This is key to a happy relationship for a lifetime.
In conclusion, true unconditional love is raw, passionate, difficult, and full of ups and downs. But, ultimately, that’s what makes it so special. Overall, we hope this article helps you to have a better understanding of what true love is and how you can incorporate it into your personal relationships for a happier future.
To learn more about how to keep your relationship lasting, be sure to check out our article, “5 Easy Ways to Keep Love Lasting” for more information.