Love just for the sake of love without the insurance that the other person will love you back as they in no way are entitled to. Never allow yourself to be mistreated and don’t force your love on another yet show it and respect the others privacy and personal choice to love you back or not. If the love is reciprocated wonderful if not move on and try again. We are loving creatures, it is natural for us to love over and over again.
Third is to love unconditionally and without stipulations. If you attach agreements or expectations to love it is not love at all. If you admire one lovingly with no intentions of changing or improving them you're expressing unconditional love and that’s the perfect measure of true love. You may ask yourself the question; can I improve this persons life by being an attribute to their already wonderful qualities not expecting change or improvements?
Fourth is to practice empathy by putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. Never impose your personal expectations or control on another yet look deeply into the person they are and embrace them as they are. This step is a major key to unconditional love. If you can not find complete and total respect and admiration for a person it's not a good idea to entertain the thought of a relationship with them. Compatibility and acceptance is vital to love fully and love for life.
Fifth is to realize that love can be fleeting, ever changing, come to an end and love can indeed be lost unexpected and suddenly.
Once you make it a habit of thinking of others as individuals you will never own or possess understanding you could lose them at any given time you come to have a greater appreciation for them and are less prone to taking advantage of them. Be forever grateful that you have someone to love and do just that, love them.
Much Love and Happiness, Katie