Valentine’s day has the reputation of being about romantic love, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s never the wrong time to spread love, because this world could always use a little more of it.
For me, love involves devotion, and I don’t reserve the specifically for my significant other. I am devoted to my family, friends, and even my causes and passions. We are surrounded by love and I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to recognize that.
So, let’s run through a few reminders.
Today, love yourself, because even though we can be way too critical on ourselves, we are devoted to our own happiness and success. That is self-love.
Love your significant other. I never said to ignore romantic love, it’s a very important part of our lives. Make sure they know how much you care, and do that everyday, but especially today.
Love your friends. Tell them that you are grateful for the influence they have in your life, and encourage them to understand how important they are to you. You are not the same person without them.
Send some love into your environment. The people, places, and things we choose to surround ourselves with respond to the energy we put out, and it’s a better world for everyone when we inject positivity whenever we can.
And last, tell your family you love them. Family is one of those things that you don’t get to choose, but it is the foundation that the rest of your life is built on. And many family members have made sacrifices for you, and it’s important to be devoted to appreciating them. My grandma has been my Valentine for 26 years, and today is no different, she always will be!