My mother and I were listening to songs on the radio while she ironed clothes and I folded. I was 11 years old.
I asked Mother, “Why are all the songs about love?”
Mother said, “Love is what makes our lives wonderful.”
Our deepest needs hinge on being loved.
All warm-blooded animals are born with an innate need to be touched and stroked affectionately. Human babies actually die from lack of touch. Love is life.
In the nineteenth century, most institutionalized infants in the U.S. died of marasmus (severe malnutrition and wasting away, as if they knew no one loved them).
Orphanages reported a majority of infants under the age of two had died due to failure to eat and thrive, related to the lack of touch and affection.
Affection and touch not only help babies thrive and live, but help develop lower levels of adult aggression and higher levels of adult happiness.
Love is what makes our lives wonderful.
This week, see how many people you can tell, “I love you.”
Give hugs. Share smiles. Share songs about love.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day - a great celebration of love.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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