What is Love First?
Love First is a collaborative way of life that fosters personal and emotional development through storytelling. It's designed for the challenges of the 21st century, and centers on the premise that we can control the emotional lens through which we act—separately from how we might feel—and holds that we become our best selves, and get our best results, whenever we act through the lens of love, first.
As a way of life, Love First practices better habits in self-love, interpersonal relationships, and personal development, using the very latest research in psychology, physiology, and neuroscience. Love First uses storytelling to illustrate its guiding principles—the scientific and spiritual foundations—to help us connect with our most authentic selves and better understand each other.
Storytelling is how we’ve evolved ourselves and our societies for hundreds of thousands of years, but we’ve lost some of the rituals and, subsequently, the personal and social benefits from telling our own stories every day. Our landscape today is polarized while social media suggests that we are more connected, but the truth is we feel more isolated and lonely than ever before.
Love First aims to bridge digital and ideological divides by helping us return to our roots, sharing the personal, honest, and vulnerable stories of struggles we’ve faced and overcome. Because storytelling is not just for art or entertainment; there is growth, catharsis, and healing for ourselves when we tell our stories. When we reflect on our past experiences with greater emotional literacy we can reimagine who we are, what we value, and what we want our place in the world to be.
The stories of our challenges are how we relate to one another, how we let each other know that we are not alone. Those are the stories that humanize and connect us on a deeper level. Those are the stories that make us unique and fascinating individuals.
Those are the stories worth telling.
There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story.
— Mary Lou Kownacki
Welcome to Love First.