The ancients believed the heart was the soul. Physically when enamored, more blood is pumped. Ironically, with age, blood pressure increases as does accumulated stress. Where does that leave the heart and your soul? Have you noticed how rebelliousness and contrariness can spur a lover to motivate thee?
Romance and chivalry were a part of the Middle Ages and crusades. Send folks off to fight a just cause and their sense of well being increases.
Have always been intrigued and enamored of Velasquez painting of Mars in the Prado and his Venus in National Gallery London. Sad they are not next to each other, as it seems to me they are listening and talking to each other after exciting satisfying sex. As they were painted during the Inquisition, it is amazing they survived. If you notice Mars is sitting on a large pink drape covered by a blue one and Venus is on a large Blue cloth surrounded by pink. Ironic Venus was attacked by a woman in 1914. The ongoing dilemma of the war of the sexes.
What kind of stories do you like? Film and TV seem to be celebrating science fiction, and what is euphemistically called "Reality". Science and fiction do not agree with each other. Science prefers facts. Fiction is the imagination at work altering facts.
Reality exists only in any given moment, like truth, it is all in the point of view. The emotions at work in Reality TV, mostly seem to be about the war between interpersonal relationships. Where is the romance? Stories come from a feeling in the gut, that sees variables that inspire us to keep going.
Beauty And The Beast is a wonderful tale of learning to love. Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is the hero's tale of fighting an illusion that is made beautiful through desire. Written during the time of chivalry, Quixote embodies the idea of romance. We know when a story rings true, just as we know when we feel our heart let go and love.
We are in the time of year of Hope and Persephone coming up from below and there can never be enough flowers.
As much as you can, listen.
Watching, tasting, touching, smelling are the reward.