Celebrating love begins with the one you see in the mirror every morning. Being in a relationship doesn’t need to be a pre-requisite for celebrating love! AND it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to be in a loving mood. What love that you put out there is what you’ll get back. Perform acts of love, big or small. Love is reciprocal. Look for ways you can give love to others. You cannot give love away if you don’t have love for yourself.
“Maybe you don’t need the whole world to love you, you know? Maybe you just need one person – you.” ~ Kermit the Frog
Be kind to others. Celebrate the love in YOUR life. Renew the relationship you have with yourself. It’s easy, when your life is going well. But we often take the love we have with ourself for granted. What you take for granted, disappears. Invite a close friend to lunch or dinner. Today, make a conscious effort to smile to everyone you meet. Say, “Thank you,” often. Two simple words that can make someone’s day. Make today a day to remind yourself of the love you already have in your life.
Be your own Valentine! Go to a movie by yourself and pay the ticket price for the person behind you. Put a Post-It note on their bathroom mirror with a sweet sentiment. You can write “I love ME,” or “Let’s have a date tonight,” then go someplace special. Pamper, relax and indulge yourself. Buy yourself some flowers arrangements and scatter them around your home.
Think about something you’ve always wanted to do, but always came up with a million excuses for not doing it. Then take that first step. Think about something you’ve always wanted to do, but always came up with a million excuses for not doing it. Then take that first step.
“Do things that make you happy – whether it’s curling up with a good book or treating yourself to some pampering. Go to the gym, start a new workout routine, or look up a new recipe! Remind yourself of your strengths and talents. You’ll find that you can make yourself happier than anyone else can if you really try to.” ~ Maya
Spend a weekend in the meaningful way by spending time with the needy and downtrodden. You could visit an orphanage or old age home and spend time with the people there who are always in need of love and affection.
Take a personal day from work and take a short day trip. Invite a friend. Or take the day and volunteer. Taking care of yourself is great, but you can also get an amazing boost of endorphins by helping others. Brighten someone else’s day with your words and actions. Treat yourself to a massage.
Write a love letter to yourself. It’s amazing the power words can have on how you feel about YOU.
Pick one day in the year and call it your own. Make a note to yourself to have that day be YOUR day and celebrate YOU each and every year. Choose one other day each year to celebrate love with friends. Use that day as an opportunity to celebrate love of all sorts, and express your appreciation and affection for the amazing people in your life.
Celebrate your single-ness. Love your single-ness. Savor your singlehood. Think about all the marvelous benefits of being single, from not fighting over the TV remote control to being able to keep your living space as clean or as messy as you’d like. Make a list. Focus on the benefits rather than seeing drawbacks. Think of the money you’re saving. 😉 Choose to be happy within yourself regardless of your relationship status.
Take a quick tip to a book store and start a journal. Take an afternoon and write down all the things you can do to demonstrate love. Keep writing this list – add something to it daily. Call it your “Instructions for Loving.” Don’t stop until you’re feeling great about yourself. At least once each week share one item on your list with someone you love. Also make a list of what you “love” about yourself. Bet you haven’t done that for a long, long time – if ever! Write down 15 things you absolutely love, then make plans to do them.
Embrace new experiences with close friends. Spend as much time as you can with people you really care about. Getting together with one close friend can be as beneficial as hanging out with a group.
Put your love in action! Doing unselfish good deeds such as giving, helping, thanking, forgiving, etc. are “love in action.” Love is less of feeling and more of choosing and doing good deeds to family, relatives, friends and even strangers.
If you knew that you only had one week to live, who would you rush to tell, “I love you?”
Copyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.
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