What is love? A question for everyone


Well, that’s a complicated question. According to Brad Troeger’s brilliant TED-Ed Lesson What is love?, the question can be answered a number of ways. Love is “a verb, a noun, a universal truth, an ideal, the common thread of all religions, a cult, a neurological phenomenon.” But don’t take our word for it. We asked our wide-reaching and downright talented community of educators, animators and even the TED-Ed team to weigh in. In just a few words, our collaborators share what love means to them.

Andrew Foerster, animator of these fascinating lessons: 2 halves = 200%.

Andrew Vanden Heuvel, educator of The moon illusion: Patience.

Michael Kalopedis, animator of these gorgeous lessons: A beautiful journey.

Jordan Reeves, TED-Ed Community Manager: Beautiful, bubbly bliss.

George Zaidan, educator of numerous TED-Ed Lessons: FUTILE ;)

Logan Smalley, TED-Ed Director: A verb.

Alex Gendler, educator of these awesome lessons: Understanding.

Flaming Medusa Studios, animators of many TED-Ed Lessons: Allocated brain space. Suffering. A word.

Gerta Xhelo, TED-Ed Production Manager: Transcending! Exhilarating! Authentic! Tomato!

Qa’ed Mai, animator of many TED-Ed Lessons: Laughter.

Tim Hansen, educator of Music and creativity in Ancient Greece: Trust.

Joy Lin, educator of the Superhero Science series: Helplessness.

Chris Boyle, animator of a duo of TED-Ed Lessons: This film. That I made!

Emma Bryce, educator of Should we eat bugs?: Sharing the toothpaste. Like writer’s block. Everybody’s story. Illogical. Surprising. Distracting. Electric (literally, as in neurons, etc.). Cardiac kung-fu. Comfortable, like tea.

What is love — to you? Share with us in the comments!


  1. Wanting my love to be happy. Always. -

  2. Cindy Hughes

    Forgiving, understanding, accepting

  3. Macrocompassion

    ;ove is a feeling like that which occurs when somebody drops ice cubes down your back.

  4. Ryan Bramham

    Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.

  5. Yvonne Incollingo

    Love is the antithesis of math – The more you give it, the more of it you get.
    Pour it out and you get filled <3

  6. Viktoria

    My father died when I was a few months old, and my mom remarried four years later. My step-father adopted me. And I was brought up with all the love and understanding a kid could ask for. Than due to my mom’s serious problems with heath, they have to use service of reproductive center in Ukraine. Thanks to Biotex clinic I have my little brother now. My adoptive father was always extremely understanding of my loss. When he adopted me, he insisted I keep my father’s surname. He took me to memorial services on my biological dad’s birthday. He has told me numerous times that he knows he can’t fill my father’s shoes in raising us, but he can keep me safe and treat me well as a service to my father’s memory. When I was sixteen, told my adoptive dad that he didn’t have to do all those things anymore. He is the only father I have ever known, and I love him unconditionally. I told him he didn’t have to do homage to the memory of a man he never knew. He said, “I want to remember him for your mother. You never got to know him, but SHE did. I want her to know that he still lives on and he will not be forgotten.” That’s what love is I guess.

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