The Definition of Love.

What is the definition of love? For sure, it’s a relative question, with a different meaning to each of us.

For some, the perception of love has been shaped by divorce, death, and other loss. An appetite created from the void of the aforementioned. For others, it’s about birth, marriage, friendship. For many, it’s affected by all of the above.

But children, in their innocence, define it differently. They use their simple words to convey a complicated emotion.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, “What does love mean?” The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.  See what you think:

“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.  So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That’s love.” Rebecca – age 8

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.  You know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time.  Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.  My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily – age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen,” Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka – age 6

“There are two kinds of love.  Our love.  God’s love. But God makes both kinds of them.” Jenny – age 8

“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy – age 6

“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared.  I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.  He was the only one doing that.  I wasn’t scared anymore,” Cindy – age 8

“My mommy loves me more than anybody.  You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – age 6

“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine -age 5

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7

“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” Karen – age 7

“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” Mark – age 6

“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it.  But if you mean it, you should say it a lot.  People forget,” Jessica – age 8

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.  The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.  The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry.”

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39 Responses to “The Definition of Love.”

  1. Mona says:


  2. Mehr says:

    i’ve read this one before *smiling* still..thanks for sharing!!! :)

  3. Nina says:

    WOW and LOL! so funny but true! i wish i cud be a child again.. so that when i love i won’t think of anything sad or hurting about it! thank u for sharing this! (“,)

  4. vernon says:


  5. Linda Comeau says:

    My father just passed away this morning and I get this. Thank you.

  6. Norma says:

    This was wonderful! Thanks, norma

  7. shirley reynard says:

    out of the mouths of children,in all their innosence they can teach us some lessons at times..bles them,,

  8. Dr.Rajashekhar K. says:

    Love is Just Loving, Whatever it doesn’t matter. So lovely no?

  9. pallavi says:

    amaaaazing….i hav no words to describe….!!!!

  10. Parames Blacker says:

    Children express what they feel and it comes out of their hearts. This is because they do not look for any deeper meanings, and see and feel things as they truly are.

    Thank God for their innocence – these sayings brought a smile at the end of a long and weary day.

    Thank you for sharing.


  11. Anu says:

    awwwwww lovely !!!

  12. BARBARA REED says:

    This was just wonderful, I have grandchildren and they are always
    clearing up the misimformation that we adults are saying or doing.
    I know that’s one of the wonderful ways The Almighty has blessed us.
    The children.

  13. Sandi Smithson says:

    Children always tell the best stories. Their coments are so true,one can conect.

  14. April says:

    I really loved these. Kids know more than what people think they do and I just think its great that they express what they think love is.

  15. Lydia says:

    AS innocent as a child. How open and honest. I think this is a great way to pattern our lives as adults

  16. mary m says:

    Right at this very moment I am humbled by what I have just read. I can forget so easily how simple love can be and that love it self, can be very sweet. How appropriate to be reminded of this by children…..thank-you

  17. M.R.Rangaswamy says:

    There is nothing more to add. Just keep loving. You will understand.

  18. zoilo pinongcos jr says:

    Love is . . . “When you learn to say Thank You”.

  19. Bobbie Salisbury says:

    I love that children are so innocent and say whar they feel and see. thank you for this reminder.

  20. kapil says:

    love is when u hit ur child for doing something wrong, and he still comes to u crying expecting u to hold him, hug him and wipe his tears….

  21. Elena H. Olaer says:

    Love is when your 3 year-old grandchild memorizes your telephone number, and calls you now and then to say, ” Hello, Lola! Miss na miss kita! ( I miss you very much!). “

  22. febi bose says:

    i hve always left n nw too that chidrens are the angels that god has send to us…

  23. neetu rupani says:

    love is to keep loving even after knowing the flaws of the person u love.

  24. Mpume Khumalo says:

    Wow this is lovely,kids!! they will make you laugh and cry at the same time,they are just simple human beings as how God wants us to be.Sometimes we wish our children could stay young forever so that they wont go through unhappy experiences that adults do.

    God bless our kids who are growing up at these tough times,i pray He hides them under the shadow of His wings and that they experience His unfailing Love forever.

  25. salihagull says:

    very nice definitions,i love kids:)

  26. Maria says:

    Truly Amazing children r always being loved whoever they belong wherever they r born but afterall they are the children of God it goes this way u love children and god loves us all

  27. Febin says:

    i guess that is why God himself says in the word that you should have the heart of a child in order to enter the kingdom of Heaven

  28. ODETTE SIBAYAN says:

    Love is when a relative you knew she hated you in the past and and suddenly calls to say she loves you…. and she remembers how good you was and cherish you forever….

  29. Joe H says:

    …..from the mouth’s of babes……

  30. charlie allen says:

    Why is it that kids know more about love in the first six years of their life and some adults have no idea what it is the last six years of their marriage?

  31. Mikah Johnson says:

    Such sweet conviction in such young words. I’m only in high school, but that was a huge reminder on how we should live and love as Christians.
    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Audrey says:

    I love LOVE.. Who doesn’t love LOVE. And who better to express this emotion and feeling than children. Love Just Is..~Audrey

  33. Anand.... says:

    Love…..when you observe others feeling without he/she say.

  34. The love of a child is God’s greatest gift to us. I never seem to get enough
    of my little Grad Nieces and Nephews. I love doing just about anything with
    children. We cook, bake, go to movies, watch TV, read, go swimming; We dance & sing, go for walks, visit friends, work in the yard and plant the garden. We NEVER run out of things they want to do.
    A child can melt your heart so easily. Last Christmas as we sat down for dinner, my youngest grandnephew, wanted to tell God what we are thankful for, before saying grace. By the time it went around the table,
    and got back to little Ben, he had come up with a doozey. He thanked God, for his Auntie R. and all of the cookies She helps him bake. I sat there and melted into a puddle. Arlene, Oregon

  35. Niña says:

    very inspiring……sometimes we forget the true meaning of love…Love is a selfless act.

  36. shobha says:

    When you love someone you are like a child with him/her and do not feel awkward doing ANYTHING with him/her.

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