15 Lessons Penguins Taught Me About Love

penguins with hearts in their beaks
Love, Self

Our flightless friends have love all figured out.

Several weeks ago, we returned from the expedition of our lifetime together — all 47 years of it. We spent ten days on the continent of Antarctica. While we learned much from the couples we interviewed that live and work in Antarctica, the most important lessons we learned about love and relationships came from the penguins of Antarctica — particularly the gentoo, the adelie, the emperor, and the chinstrap. And, as it turns out, penguins and humans have a whole lot in common. With that in mind, here are the top 15 lessons about love and life we learned from the penguins of Antarctica:

1. Look out for each other. Like humans, penguins live in towns and villages called rookeries because it's easier to protect each other from predators and from the cold weather in groups. And what's really nice is most have a short commute to work finding food!

2. Have fun and play a lot. Penguins, like humans, love to gather with friends and family to have fun and play. Hanging around with their family gives them particular joy.

3. Communicate effectively. Penguins talk and chatter a lot to each other, just like humans! Communication is at the heart of their relationships with each other, just as it is with us.

4. Be a responsible adult. As they grow older, penguins learn to spread their wings, and even though they will never fly, they grow up for the most part to be responsible and productive adults. Almost all become parents at some point in their life. Sounds like a familiar human story to us.

5. Build your support network. Sometimes penguins take trips together with their extended family. Like us, penguins know that friends and family are an integral part of their support network.

6. Smile often. Penguins are certainly a happy lot! They rarely get discouraged and almost never give up on their goals. We humans are like that as well.

7. Show love to your children. Like us, penguins kiss their babies a lot! Their love and affection for their young is always in evidence. Keep reading ...

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