Do you believe in Valentine’s Day?
This is a question I’ve heard many times before, have always known my answer but never known why. Yes, I always say, and last night I realized why…
Whilst twisted up in my least favourite yoga pose, our teacher told us to smile and open our hearts. Easy for you to say, I wanted to retort. Then she continued. What she said was very simple and shut my ego up right away. “If we’re not here to give love and receive love, what are we doing?” Well that’s the best question I’ve been asked in a long time, and that question turned into my reason for believing very wholeheartedly in Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a event that Hallmark made up!” or “men should be nice to women every day of the year!” These are the two common phrases that I hear in the “down with Valentine’s Day” argument. Are they valid? Absolutely! Both of those statements are true. But I say, so what? Why not use today as a reminder or excuse to give extra love? I’ve never seen someone receive a Valentine and be mad … I’ve only ever seen smiles. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural painkillers, and serotonin. Together these three are a natural drug. Well, who would say no to that?! Certainly not me.
So I say, soak it all up. Enjoy giving love and receiving love.
Happy Heart Day!