Appreciation is the purest, strongest form of love

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Boy Leaning Down, Kissing Pears

Appreciation is the purest, strongest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything. Research now shows that it is physiologically impossible to be in a state of appreciation and fear at the same time. Thus, appreciation is the antidote to fear. Although fear was the first feeling that developed during evolution, love is believed to be the second. It, too, has tremendous survival value; our early ancestors, who fought to survive during the day, huddled together for comfort at night. Fear is strong, but love is stronger, because it’s a product of the neocortex, not the lower brain.

by Dan Baker Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth
from What Happy People Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better, Chapter 2
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