15 beautiful illustrations perfectly capture how it feels to be in love

You know the feeling you get when you catch your sweetheart looking at you in a way that lets you know just how much they love you?

It feels nice, doesn't it? That's the sentiment Korean artist Puuung wants to capture with her heartwarming "Love is..." series.

Love is a raw, sometimes nonsensical, all-encompassing emotion, and being in a relationship is a beautiful extension of that. These illustrations highlight some of the things we experience but tend not to notice while being part of a couple.


Puuung believes love manifests itself in all sorts of ways that we can easily overlook in our daily lives.

Here are 15 of her delightful drawings celebrating the small gestures that make being in love so special:

1. Gestures like making sure your boo is warm and cozy when it's time for bed.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

2. Or making memories by getting crafty together.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

3. Rocking out to music as you unapologetically go for that high note.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

4. Sweet hugs that make your heart flutter. Every. Single. Time.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

5. Napping on the couch together is one of the best things ever.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

6. Hopelessly remaining on each other's mind when you're not in the same place.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

7. There's never a bad time for a nice cuddle.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

8. A sweet kiss on the forehead speaks volumes. Am I right?

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

9. Finding lovely ways to surprise each other.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

10. Few things are sweeter than dancing like nobody's watching (music optional).

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

11. How about giving your kitty a bath? What a fun (and messy) bonding experience.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

12. Tying your shoe for you? Now that's amoré!

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

13. Sharing is caring — particularly with the one you love.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

14. Sharing a homemade meal cooked with love.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

15. And — perhaps more importantly — being there for each other through times of joy and times of sorrow.

Illustration by Puuung, used with permission.

Whether it's a warm look, a simple hug, or a comforting kiss on the forehead, these drawings remind us to notice the everyday, small gestures from our significant others.

That's why Puuung says she tries to find the meaning of love in our daily lives and (lucky for us) celebrates it by creating these whimsical illustrations twice a week on Grafolio.

This delightful series is a beautiful reminder not to overlook the little things that make us fall a little more in love with our special someone every single day.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.