The positive effects of having a strong, loving relationship may
help to increase students’ motivation, and establish a happy,
Jacqueline Voss, a clinical psychologist at the University
Counseling Center, said students could definitely benefit from the
positive qualities that love has to offer.
“Although there are many different types of love and
relationships, a good, strong relationship can help add to
self-esteem, less depression and more productivity,” Voss said.
Alicia Valdez, a freshman animal science major, believes true
love is beneficial.
“There is definitely a difference between those who are in love
and those who aren’t,” Valdez said. “If you have someone who loves
and supports you, it seems to help with your everyday life.”
Valdez said that those experiencing the emotions of love seem
happier all around and seem to have a better attitude and
understanding for others.
“I just think that love makes you want to go the extra mile,”
However, because there are different types of love and
relationships, it is difficult to study the effects of love. Voss
said that despite this obstacle, some interesting studies do
“(Yale) Psychologist Robert Steinberg’s belief is that love is
made up of three components: passion, intimacy and commitment. He
feels that passion draws us together and builds early in the
relationship, while intimacy and commitment evolve much more
slowly, but are better predictors of happy, long-lasting
relationships,” Voss said.
Voss said there is evidence to show that love is important.
“Psychologists, who work at places like the University
Counseling Center, are very aware of the impact of both a bad
relationship and the loss of a romantic relationship because it is
one of the most common reasons that people seek our help,” Voss
Along with the positive aspects of being in love, sometimes it
could make other things in life seem less important.
“I do think that having a loving relationship makes you happier
and the atmosphere brighter,” said Ryan Brewer, a junior political
However, while Brewer feels that the aspects of love can create
a more positive lifestyle, he also knows that it could have a
negative effect on students as well.
“You may be more apt to do things and feel more energetic and
productive, but you may also want to spend time with (a romantic
interest) instead of going to class or doing school work,” he
Voss feels the way people are affected by love depends on the
quality of the relationship. She said it is good to strive for a
strong relationship, whether friendly or romantically, that will
help both individuals maintain a healthy life.
“Being in love is exciting and fun,” Voss said. “There is a
feeling of passion and warmth, and it is healthy to have this type