Why Is Love Important?

Individuals crave love. Much of our lives are spent pursuing love, either from a mate or from family or friends. There is an entire holiday devoted to the concept.

But why? What is it about love that people find so desirable? Why is love important?

Related questions: What is important? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we feel the need to belong? What do we have in common?

What Makes You The Happiest?

Understanding your own happiness is important. Knowing what has made you happy in the past can help you steer your life toward similar experiences in the future. Often, though, there is a disparity in what we think will make us happy and what actually does.

What puts the biggest smile on your face? What makes you the happiest?

Related questions: What makes you the unhappiest? Is happiness the most important purpose in life? Why do we put up with unhappiness? Why don’t we know what makes us happy?

How Have You Changed?

Change is one of the constants in life. We go through radical change in our early years, as we physically and mentally mature. After that the changes tend to be more subtle, but can be equally as profound.

How have you changed in the last 20 years? In the last year? In the last week? How have you changed?

Related questions: How would you like to change? What is necessary to change your mind? How have we changed?

What Are You Optimistic About?

Sometimes the world can feel like an overwhelming place. Clouds can darken anyone’s horizons. Holding on to optimism is important for a healthy outlook on life.

When you look to the future, what are the highlights you see? What are you optimistic about?

Related questions: How is hope different from optimism? How can we maintain wonder? What is your retreat from the world? What amazes you?

A tip of the Intellectual Roundtable cap to the the Edge.org series of books, which are a great source of inspiration for the Intellectual Roundtable. What Are You Optimistic About? is one of more than a dozen such compilations.

What Is Your Retreat From The World?

From reader Karen:

Even the most well-adjusted person can feel exhausted at times. Our world can be overwhelming, both spiritually and emotionally as well as physically.

When the pressures and stresses of everyday life get to be too much for you, where do you go — literally or figuratively — for respite? Do you have a haven or a sanctuary that is a welcoming place, where you can escape and recharge your emotional batteries?

What is your retreat from the world, and how does it help you?

Related questions: Why do we put up with unhappiness? What is emotional well-being? How can we maintain wonder?