The Happiness Connection  

Be your own Valentine

Whenever I think about February, I see pink, red, and hearts in my mind’s eye. How did one day take over an entire month?

I don’t think about green and shamrocks when I consider March. Nor do I immediately think about turkeys and pilgrims when October springs to mind.

Since the Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day has been associated with love and romance. Lovers would exchange small tokens or notes. In some places, it became traditional to send an anonymous card to someone, asking them to be your valentine.

I couldn’t wait to have a boyfriend to share the day with. I spent many years in my early teens imagining how wonderful it would be. When the day finally arrived, it was everything I had envisioned.

Some years I was single in February. Although I put on a brave face of sisterhood and went out with friends, those occasions brought with them a sense of shame.

  • What was wrong with me?
  • Wasn’t I worth loving?

I’m sure there are many people who can relate to this situation. It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of being in love and believe that if you don’t have a partner, it’s because you’re lacking in some way.

If you need other people to validate your worthiness, you aren’t alone. This is a common misconception.

No one needs another person to complete them. If you were a beautifully iced cake, your significant other might add some extra decorations on the top, but without them, you’re still a beautiful work of art.

Valentine’s Day encourages you to show your love for others, but how often are you reminded to show your love for yourself?

Rather than looking for someone else to validate you, turn to the person who’s always there and who deserves your love the most. You.

Celebrate your love for a partner if you have one, but don’t forget to do the same for yourself.

Here are some important reasons why prioritizing self-love is important.

  • The way you treat yourself shows how you’re willing to be treated by others.
  • The less you judge yourself, the less you judge the people around you.
  • Loving yourself makes it easier to love others.
  • You’re more resilient when you know your wellbeing is in your hands, not in someone else’s.

Be your own Valentine this year.

  • Put your needs and desires first. That doesn’t mean to ignore everyone else, but remember, they aren’t more important than you are.
  • Book time in your calendar for some pampering and self-care. No one else knows what feeds your soul as well as you do. Caring for yourself is not selfish.
  • Accept who you are rather than trying to be the person you think you should be.
  • Be kind to yourself.

Love is limitless, yet somehow many people find it uncomfortable to be their own Valentine. It can feel selfish or lame to make yourself the focus of your own loving attention.

Use this month to create a habit of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-care. Showing your love isn’t just for Valentine’s Day.

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About the Author

Reen Rose is an experienced, informative, and engaging speaker, author, and educator. She has worked for over three decades in the world of education, teaching children and adults in Canada and England.

Research shows that happy people are better leaders, more successful, and healthier than their unhappy counterparts, and yet so many people still believe that happiness is a result of their circumstances.

Happiness is a choice. Reen’s presentations and workshops are designed to help you become robustly happy. This is her term for happiness that can withstand challenge and change.

Reen blends research-based expertise, storytelling, humour, and practical strategies to both inform and inspire. She is a Myers Briggs certified practitioner, a Microsoft Office certified trainer and a qualified and experienced teacher.

Email Reen at [email protected]

Check out her websites at www.ReenRose.com, or www.ModellingHappiness.com

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