The Art of Strengths Coaching

B is for Leo Buscaglia: His Belief In Love

Leo was known for his inspirational talks on the theme of love. The video above gives an overview of his approach.

Below is a description of the tragedy that led to him teaching about love. This can be found on the web site dedicated to his work.

Leo was teaching in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s when one of his students committed suicide.

She had been one of the sets of “kind eyeballs” he always looked for in the large auditorium, because her responses showed him that at least one student was hearing what he said, so the news that she killed herself had a great impact on him.

Leo asked himself: “What are we doing stuffing facts into people and forgetting that they are human beings?”

He decided to teach a class called Love 1A. His inspiring style became famous and led to him producing a book called Love.

Leo Buscaglia Love

Leo’s work came to the attention of the Public Broadcasting Service. After much internal debate, the organisation decided to broadcast his lectures across the USA. Viewers warmed to his style and also bought millions of his books.

Leo continued to inspire others until his death. Regarding his philosophy of life, he once wrote:

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely …

“Only you will be able to discover, realize, develop and actualize your uniqueness. And when you do, it’s your duty to then ‘give it away.’”

You can discover about the work of the Leo Buscaglia Foundation at the following site.

Here is another video in which Leo talks about the importance of giving love.


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