While the “evidence” of Valentine’s Day has mostly come and gone, the love still remains.
Flowers have wilted, romantic meals have been eaten and sweets enjoyed. Perhaps there are still cards displayed and gifts of jewelry being worn and cherished. But was the love those things were meant to express ever actually in the things themselves?
No. The love that is motivated to give gifts is a powerful presence in our hearts, even after the gift has been given, and even though science is unable to measure it.
So does that mean our experience of Valentine’s Day love can’t be classified as “evidence-based”?
We can describe the love and how it made us feel. We could maybe even point to a transforming effect it had on us to give or receive it. And science can measure responses and reactions to love in the brain and body. Yet, because the love itself cannot be objectively measured, our “evidence” may not be considered proof of the power of love.
But as you and I know, the power and presence of love can be as tangible and distinct to us as the keys I’m tapping to write this. So why can’t we prove it?Continue Reading