Like World Nutella Day, Valentine's Day is something that should be celebrated every day. *I'm kidding, but not really*
But seriously, love is incredibly important to be happy. Love isn't the most powerful force on earth just for having a day to itself. So here is a serious thought about the international day of love...
You don't need someone to share love with. If you love yourself you will exude love all of the time!
How do I know this? Because self-love was a very important lesson I learned not that long ago. When I learned and understood the concept of self-love I made a decision to never settle for my well-being and to do things that make me happy through work, fitness and the people I spend time with.
Don't confuse self-love with selfishness, there's a gaping difference.
Selfishness causes people to put themselves ahead of other people. Self-love causes you to embrace other people in the same way that you embrace yourself- with a ton of love and respect because no one is above or below you.
If you've heard people say "you can't help others if you can't help yourself" the same applies to self-love. If you can't love yourself then how can you love people around you? Where does the love come from?
Love comes from within. When you learn to feel that love for yourself, whether it's to accept your beauty, quirks and shortcomings, then it becomes sooo much easier to love and accept other people. It naturally flows!
So on Valentine's Day, take a moment to breathe and love who you are, where you are and where you want your life to go. Life is a process and when you learn to love the lessons you are dealt then there is so much happiness to tap into. Then share a smile or hello with the people around you, whether or not you know them or if they are the love of your life. It's in the little things that help the love flow.
Buying flowers and chocolates are nice (food gifts are the best) but a smile or a hug are priceless. Even if it's for yourself.
Lots of love and Happy Valentine's Day!