What Is Love, After All?


Pass The Mic Podcast - Special Series


Welcome to intimate, one-on-one conversations with people from various walks of life, as we revisit one of the most iconic and fascinating ideas in history.

An idea so strong it can change our world in crisis: Love.


The current pandemic has dramatically increased our anxiety, as we’re propelled into an unknown world, without a new narrative to guide us and add meaning to our lives.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S, affecting 40 million adults over the age of 18.

When our habits are disrupted, our jobs are disappearing, our relationships are tested, and our truths are questioned, we wonder, what remains?

When everything has gone haywire and nothing makes sense anymore, what’s left is love. But, how do we define love after all is gone?

Love is more than a feeling that a person has for another person. It’s an intimate relationship between ourselves and the world. So, when that world is breaking apart, what is love, after all?

We sent six questions to our guests ahead of time and asked them to come prepared to share their answers.

  1. How do you define love?

  2. During times of isolation and unrest, how do we, as humans, find love?

  3. How has isolation changed our access to and attitudes about love?

  4. How do you personally experience love in your own life today?

  5. What is the biggest act of love that you’ve personally witnessed?

  6. How does your work help others find, connect with, or express love?




Key Shared Insights & Perspectives

We asked each of our speakers to share how their work helps others find, connect with, or express love. Listen to their thoughtful, inspirational, and love-filled responses as writers, poets, business and leadership consultants, coaches, mental health advocates, and educators.


Final Thoughts


When our habits are disrupted, our jobs are disappearing, our relationships are tested, and our truths are questioned, we wonder, what remains? The answer is love.

Love is more than a feeling that a person has for another person. It’s an intimate relationship between ourselves and the world.

When expressed in the workplace, love enables everyone to do their best work, in addition to boosting well-being and productivity. The more love co-workers feel at work, the more engaged they become.

And it starts by exhibiting empathy toward a stressed-out colleague, expressing caring and affection toward a teammate, and showing compassion when things aren’t going great (inside or outside of work) for someone you manage.

It may not be surprising that those who perceive greater affection and caring from their colleagues perform better, but the average manager or leader may not focus on building connection and collaboration, even though it’s one of the four ingredients of a positive culture.


People who work in a culture where they feel free to express affection, tenderness, caring and compassion for one another,­ are more satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization, and accountable for their performance.

Whole Foods Market has a set of management principles that begin with “Love.”

The Zappos Core Values state: “We are more than a team though. We are a family. We watch out for each other, care for each other and go above and beyond for each other.”

We cannot develop a positive culture without being aware of our own limitations. We cannot be the change we want to see in others without love.

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