Hi, my name is Mairin, and I say "I love you" to a lot of people very often.
I know to many, that seems disingenuous, rushed, weird, whatever. I understand that completely. However, I'm not the kind of person that believes that frequency ruins sincerity. Some people do say I love you a lot, and to people they don't even like, and they don't mean it, and that's their prerogative. It's a social thing for them. And for some people it's too romantic. I get all that too. But when I say "I love you" to someone, I mean it, because I love easily.
And there's nothing wrong with loving easily, especially if you follow the same definition of love that I do. I hate to quote Lana Del Rey, but she really said it best when she said, "When someone else's happiness is your happiness, that is love." And that is love to me.
When my best friend got a new position in her favorite club, I felt so much joy I could burst. When my sister graduated summa cum laude last year, I was ecstatic. When my dog nudges me after I scratch his favorite spot, I am never happier. Because their happiness, big or small, is like a victory.
And when love means joy, when love means support and pride and care, what's wrong with loving easily? What's wrong with telling someone (so long as they're comfortable) how much they mean to you, and how integral their happiness is to your own? And when saying "I love you" makes a person's day a little brighter, their life a little more full of love, so long as it's true-- what's wrong with an easy "I love you"? It's just three words.