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What is romantic love?

Everyone’s definition of love will be different, meaning there’s really no single answer to the question ‘what is aroha (love)?’.

Our definitions of love are influenced by what we see and are told by the media, our culture, our friends and whānau, and religion.

Quick think!

  • What do you think love is?
  • Where might these ideas have come from?
  • Is there anyone or anything in particular that has taught you a lot about love?

While we all have different ideas about aroha (love), and different ways to show it, there are some key ingredients we need for ‘healthy love’. Check out what these are below:


Remember! Love should always be up for discussion and under construction. Love is complex, so it’s important to be able to talk about it with the people you love. Share with them your thoughts on love and how you expect to receive it, and listen to their ideas too. Love is something people should continue to work on their entire lives.