The first definition of love as stated in the dictionary is:
"strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties ; for example, 'maternal love for a child' ; an attraction based on sexual desire such as 'affection and tenderness felt by lovers' ; or an affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests, for example,' love for his old schoolmates' ".
Notice in all of these examples, the common thread is that we are talking about love of another human being, not love of a thing. In my observances of today's society, I see this word being overused and undervalued. Think about your own recent comments where you might say that you 'love this restaurant' and then 2 hours later you profess love for your spouse or significant other. Are you as passionate about both statements? I truly hope not.
How about using other synonyms when professing a strong happiness towards something you enjoy? Words like
fondness for something or a real
appreciation for this type of food or
getting excited about participating in an upcoming event. Reserving the word love for people, and not things,
can truly show your loved ones how much you respect, value and admire them.
Other definitions of love mention an attachment, devotion or admiration towards something, such as a sport being a person's first love. Again, how about referring to that sport as the first thing you were passionate about, rather than what you first loved?
My fear in using "love" in so many varying ways is that the word becomes too commonplace and loses its special meaning. Think about how you use the word on an everyday basis and decide for yourself if you would want to reserve that word for only special people in your life.