A-Z of Romance: L is for Love versus Lust

Possibly the key to romance is being in love. But what is the difference between love and lust? Simply put, love is stronger and lasts longer than lust, even if lust feels more powerful.


Love, it makes the world go round


How do you know you’re in love? When it’s all about the emotion you feel for each other, and not just the physical aspect of the relationship. When you love someone, your other half is not just a lover, they are your best-friend, the person you turn to when you are frightened, hurt, upset, or alone. They are the person you want to share your every joy with. They are the person who is there for you when you need them.

Love is when you can talk for hours with each other. Love is when you share interests, but are able to put your differences aside for the other person’s happiness. Love is being honest with each other, and being able to argue with each other without the breakdown of the relationship being inevitable.

Love is wanting to spend the rest of your life with that person.


This relationship is all about the physical attraction. The sex is fantastic, and you could spend all day in bed with each other. But once you’re out of the bedroom, there is nothing there. Lust is being attracted to the other person’s body and face, but not being interested in their mind. Lust is discussing fantasies, not futures.

Lust is a fleeting moment, even though at the time it feels intense.

When you’re in love with someone, they make you feel positive about yourself. They make you a better person. They support you and help you make decisions to improve your life. Love is forever. Lust is not.

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