It’s a day to celebrate love! And that comes with many different forms, regardless of your relationship status. Below, you will find 5 quick, simple ways to immerse yourself in love today (or any day for that matter):
Tell someone how much you love him or her. Ironically, I used to think of Valentine’s Day as the most unloving and artificial day of the year. I’d think: devotion and affection shouldn’t just be displayed because of a manufactured holiday, but rather everyday, throughout the year.
But, my view has changed slightly because I get it. It’s easy to say we’ll send our appreciation everyday, but we are humans and we get caught up in other things. Now, I like to view the “holiday of hearts” as a reminder to how important it is to cherish your loved ones (and I don’t just mean someone you’re romantically involved with). I’m referring to your parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, teachers, mentors, employers and so forth.
Valentine’s Day is a day to press pause on our busy schedules and embrace the people we care about the most. Send a card, give a hug or pick up the phone to say “I just want to tell you how much I love you and appreciate you in my life.”
With the passing of my dad just a few months ago, I wish I had the chance to say these words to him today. If today is what pushes you to send loving words to others, then I say today is a pretty great day.
Write a short love story. With the image of a naked baby, his arrow and two lovers, we are reminded of romantic love (which can make Cupid’s arrow feel more like a stab to the heart if you don’t have it). So if you don’t have a real life love story to tell, then make one up…
Perfect love is achievable if we believe it is. Take some time to come up with your own passionate story, featuring you as the main character. Paint the picture of your significant other, romantic setting and happy ending. Have fun with this. There are no rules- just a time to get lost in a fantasy that gives you the same butterflies that “real” love provides.
Do something you love to do. What better way toward a space of love than to do something you really enjoy doing? Carve out time to draw, bake a pie or go look at puppies- whatever makes your heart happy…go do that! Take a friend along to share the love if that feels good or do it solo.
Make a list of 10 specific things you love about yourself. It’s more than OK (and necessary) to show yourself a lot of love. Most people think we need something outside of ourselves to feel loved, but it’s just not true. You have everything you need to feel special right now.
Take 10 minutes to create a list of 10 specific things you absolutely adore about yourself. It can be anything from personal characteristics, accomplishments, acts of kindness, etc. What is it about you that makes you a walking ray of sunshine? Please don’t hold back here. You’ll come to find out that the more you practice self-love, the more love you’ll generate to give to others.
We are all special and worthy of love. But, as cliché as it sounds, it starts from the inside. Dig down deep and pull that stuff out.
Fall in the love with the present moment. Smell the love in the air today. With lots of endearment circulating, the energy level is quite positive. Ground yourself in this by living in each moment with all five senses.
Don’t allow that bitter voice inside your head to convince you how stupid or corny the holiday is. Appreciate it for what it is and make the choice to be a part of it instead of a grumpy scrooge that judges it on the sidelines.
Happy Valentine’s Day! <3 xo
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