Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day – Again!

The presence of heart-shaped chocolates and the increase of cute, fluffy toys in the shops over recent weeks have heralded the approach of Valentine’s Day – and now it’s arrived.

Last year, I wrote about the history of Valentine’s Day, which you can read here. The tradition of Valentine’s certainly gives us the opportunity to remind a loved one how much we care and for some it proves an ideal time to drum up the courage to ask someone they fancy on a date. It can be a popular time for proposals, and indeed weddings. Valentine’s Day is actually my wedding anniversary too!

But we shouldn’t just rely on today to be romantic and show how much we care. Whispering sweet nothings and presenting our loved ones with little gifts and chocolate shouldn’t be things that we do only on special occasions. Whether we are talking about the love we have for our husbands/wives/partners or the more general love we have for family and friends, we should take the time to express it once in a while, whatever the day or date.

At the other end of the scale, Valentine’s Day can be a sad reminder of loneliness for those not in a relationship or at least surrounded by a good network of friends. The full-on hearts and roses theme of the day can make some people feel a little excluded.

So this Valentine’s Day, don’t just remember romantic love, take the time to show and tell others how much you appreciate them too, and remember to make people feel loved and wanted all year round, not just today.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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