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Sato Love: All you need is love

Inspired by the iconic song "All We Need Is Love" by The Beatles and Valentine's Day, we

are invited to reflect on the transformative role of love in our lives. Often, we underestimate love, but in reality, love is one of the world's most powerful, unifying, and healing tools. After all, who doesn't like to receive and give love? If we used love as the primary tool to relate to others, our world would be better. We see it on Valentine's Day. We distribute sweets, cards, and much joy. So why only celebrate it once a year?

Love is not confined to romantic relationships; it is the foundation of all our interactions and connections. In these challenging times of stress, emotional exhaustion, and loneliness, love, and genuine connection are more important than ever. The global pandemic, economic hurdles, and social isolation have amplified feelings of loneliness and disconnection. Amidst life's chaos, we often neglect the small details and even the big ones. We get caught up in the pursuit of success and material possessions, forgetting that true happiness lies in the wellness of our heart, which yearns for love. Therefore, it's crucial always to make room for expressing and receiving affection. Connecting with others helps us find our tribe and acceptance, a task that has become increasingly difficult in these individualistic and isolated times. We must remember that we are social beings and thrive when we embrace the collective.

Let's not forget the love we receive from our four-legged companions (and those with two, more, or no legs). They serve as perfect examples that there's always room to give love to all beings that bring us joy. Their presence in our homes is a constant reminder of the power of unconditional love and the invaluable life lessons they teach us.

Our Sato(s) are the best representation that one of the essential ingredients we need to get through our days is love. Among some of the qualities that make love endure psychologically are:

  1. Effective Communication: the ability to express thoughts, feelings, and needs clearly and precisely. Our sato(s) know how to express themselves through non-verbal communication. They don't consider protecting themselves when uncomfortable or pretend everything is fine. If they feel or think something, they express it.

  2. Commitment: the willingness of both parties to invest time, energy, and effort. This helps overcome difficulties that may occur. Our sato(s) are committed to investing all their time and energy to be with us no matter how tired they are.

  3. Empathy: understanding and sharing the feelings of others. Our sato(s) are very empathetic beings. They are always with us, whether in good or bad times.

  4. Constructive Conflict Resolution: seeking solutions rather than blaming. Our sato(s) don't blame us if we don't take them for a walk or arrive late one day. On the contrary, they always appreciate being with us no matter what we promise.

  5. Resilience: adapting and overcoming challenges and changes over time. Our sato(s) are resilient and teach us what it means to thrive no matter the circumstances (also known as post-traumatic growth). Many come from a life on the street, and some have been mistreated, but this does not prevent them from living in fullness, love, and optimism once they find that family to love unconditionally.

  6. Mutual Support: emotional and practical support. Our sato(s) always want to be by our sides, some on top and others more from a distance, but their unconditional support is undeniable. They are there for us when we feel fear, anxiety, or loneliness, just as we support them in difficult moments.

  7. Friendship and Companionship: enjoying spending time together and sharing common interests. The strength of our sato(s), accompanying us (even to the bathroom), is their favorite pastime.

Finally, we invite you to rethink our priorities and values, reminding us of that emotional well-being and significant connections are essential for a whole and prosperous life. The best practice is with our pets, but the invitation is to extend it to everyone around us. Remember, all we need is love.

Úrsula Aragunde Kohl, Clinical Psychologist, Professor and Researcher UAGM, Gurabo

Cristina Adrianza, School Psychologist, Humane Educator

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