From the highest virtue or good habit to the deepest inter-personal affection, love comprises a variety of powerful and pleasant emotional and mental states, from the simplest pleasure. The difference between a mother's love and a spouse's love, which is different from a love for food, is an illustration of this diversity of meanings. Most frequently, the term "love" refers to an intense desire and emotional bond.
As "the altruistic faithful and benevolent concern for the good of another," love is believed to have both positive and negative aspects, with its virtue standing in for human kindness, compassion, and affection, and its vice for human moral failing, related to a sort of insanity, obsessiveness, or codependency may be brought on by conceit, selfishness, amour-propre, and egotism. It may also refer to acts of kindness and affection shown to oneself, other people, or animals. Love is one of the most prevalent themes in the creative arts due to its primary psychological value and the significant role it plays in fostering interpersonal relationships in all of its forms. According to some theories, love serves as a mechanism that keeps people together in the face of dangers and promotes the survival of the species.