Spread Some Love this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day tends to put a lot of social pressure on people. The occasion often becomes synonymous with purchasing and receiving gifts. Rather than stressing over what to get your SO or dwelling on your singlehood, consider celebrating in a way that is friendlier to the planet (and your wallet). Here are a few of our favorite ideas.
Tell someone you’re grateful for them, the old-fashioned way.
Break out your favorite pen and that pretty stationary to write a heartfelt letter. While you may think that love letters are tools of romance, they don’t have to be. We’re sure your best friend or sibling would appreciate the gesture as well. Sharing your sincere feelings with loved ones can deepen your relationships and foster an attitude of gratitude. What’s not to love?
Make some unforgettable memories.
If you’ve been dying to try that new restaurant, explore that museum or see your favorite band play, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to go do it. Happiness experts repeatedly tell us that experiences make us happy, not possessions. Whether you go solo or you plan something with a friend or partner, the joy of the adventure is a lasting gift. Get out there and experience something new and remarkable.
Perform a random act of kindness.
A little kindness can go a long way. As Barbara De Angelis said “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.” Choose to write an encouraging note, buy a stranger’s coffee or simply make an effort to smile at those you pass throughout the day. You’ll feel great and give others an unexpected lift to their day.
Get in touch with Mother Nature.
Nature has a number of benefits for your mental health, including boosting our serotonin levels. Spending some time in the great outdoors to get that boost and rejuvenate your mind. Plus, you’ll get to take in the fresh air and the scenic views. Whether you relax at the beach, take a stroll through the forest or climb a mountain, your heart will be full.