Everywhere you look, pink and red is spewing about. You have the lovers and the haters of our most popular Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day. But whether you feel favorably about the day or not, it’s a good reminder to take a step back from our busy lives and really embrace the meaning of love. So how best to do that? Try any (or all!) of these.
3 WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE
1. FLASH A SMILE
How often do we walk around with a frown on our face? A result of frustration, stress, deep thought — it makes us appear unapproachable, and it sends a harsh message to the rest of the world. Think about the people that you see that smile, though. Whether a quick glance while grocery shopping, or a full-on, hearty smile from your barista, how does that make you feel?
Maybe even a little bit warm and fuzzy inside?
Like someone cares, even though you don’t know them?
It makes you stand a little straighter, feel more confident?
So go forth and enable that feeling in others.
Flash the best version of your pearly whites that you can while you are out and about today!
2. SHOW SOME APPRECIATION
Back in the day, people used to write thank you notes for every occasion. These days, they’ve become somewhat of a rare occurrence. Oftentimes, we’re in a rush, so any sort of “thank you” is distant, indirect, or absent entirely.
Show your love to someone (or really, anyone) by genuinely letting them know how much you appreciate them. Whether it’s the mail carrier delivering your mail through rain or snow, your co-worker for picking up that latte for you last week, or your husband for just being him, let them know how much they are appreciated!
The feeling of appreciation goes a long way. Think of how good it makes you feel. Perhaps you will get in the habit of appreciating others a little more often.
3. GIVE ‘EM A HUG
A big ol’ bear hug can make a world of a difference some days. There’s a nurturing element to receiving physical affection from another human being (or pet!) that appeals to both our body and soul. Feelings of comfort, protection, and even excitement are expressed through the connection made by hugs.
Skip the handshakes and the waves today and show your love with a great big hug!
I wish much love to you. Happy Valentine’s Day!