Recently I was on a message board I often visit. A person asked the above question. This was the answer I gave.
“Love is a deliberate act of kindness and compassion toward another living being without the expectation of that act being reciprocated. As long as one can be that way toward another, then yes love exists. Love isn’t a squishy warm feeling inside or a feeling of being warm and flustered around another person. That’s attraction not love.”