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By Sue Shekut, MA, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

 

Give someone you love a smile, a flower, a kind word, and/or a hug today! Giving to others help make us feel good and the other person feel good. Giving a valentine’s gift or message does have to be to a romantic partner. Sharing love and close relationships has been shown to increase health and longevity, according to WebMD. The key is to feel connected to other people, to feel a sense of belonging.

On Valentine’s Day, some that are single may feel lonely and sad because they don’t have a special someone. Those that don’t have a lot of close friends may also feel a sense of loss and loneliness. One way to combat this is to reach out to others and share well wishes or kindness. This allows us to focus on the act of giving and sharing versus our own loneliness.

A friend of mine and I decided to hand out flowers to people we saw out and about one Valentine’s Day. We gave a flower to a mom pushing a stroller, to an elderly woman on a park bench, to a construction worker, to a police officer. The gifts we got in return were priceless. A shy smile and a “Thank you!” A laugh and a grin. That warm feeling in our hearts that comes from watching someone smile and feel acknowledged and seen even for one moment. We may not have changed anyone’s life that day, but in those moments, we felt connected even to perfect strangers.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers! Enjoy the day and the moments of connection you feel with the others in your life.

Let us know how you connected with others today in the comments below!

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