LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - There is no better day to talk about love and compassion than Valentine's Day. Louisville is known as a compassionate city, but what does that really mean? Two social workers with the University of Louisville are trying to figure that out.
Joe D'Ambrosio and Anna Faul at UofL's Kent School of Social Work are exploring the topic in a love study.
"We are social workers and we wanna really leave an impact on the world," said D'Ambrosio.
"We look at things like your own self esteem, your own self compassion, your self forgiveness, and then we look at how you are able to translate into for other people," said Faul.
The survey takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete and at the end you will be provided with a report on your level of love actions on each of the constructs. Faul and D'Ambrosio want people to think about deliberate and intentional acts of love, not just saying those three little words.
"People when they say the words ‘I love you' they are thinking romantic love but, romantic love doesn't sustain relationships," said D'Ambrosio. "It's one part of compassionate love."
Faul and D'Ambrosio said when you can find a way to be compassionate with yourself, you are more likely to be compassionate with others.
They hope their questions can get people to see how easy being compassionate really is.
"Hopefully the work we are doing here, we'll have one small part in helping the world being a better place," D'Ambrosio.