As the Beatles so wisely wrote “All you need is love, love is all you need.” In the month of February, we celebrate love; but some people who aren’t living loved feel less than, left out and lonely during this month and many others. How do we live loved?
You must first show yourself some love. You can’t hand out what you don’t have yourself. There are endless ways to show self-love. Slow down, take a nature walk, read a book, get a massage, take a bath, journal and make time for getting together with a friend. These are a few ways you can show yourself love; but you also must reflect on what you love about yourself too. This may require talking to a counselor to help you reflect on things you truly love about yourself and unroot some deep feelings about things you may not love about yourself and why. At the end of the day, though, all you need is love.
While self-love is number one on the love list, giving the gift of love to others will always make you feel good about yourself. Love starts with the small things. Acts of kindness and love rank at the top of the list for inducing self-happiness. Showing others a little love goes a long way – for them and for you! Ways to love on your people include taking a coffee to someone during their busy day, leaving a kind note for a friend or loved one, showing up at a friend’s house or bringing over a meal when they are feeling down. Giving your love away can be the greatest gift of all!
So, this February, show yourself a little love first and then come up with some random acts of kindness for others so that you may live loved in 2019. After all, love is all you need.