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I love to hear the wide array of perspectives on this upcoming holiday, Valentine’s Day. From the romcoms featuring die-hard romantics who can’t wait for the big day to the cynical Valentine’s day avoiders. It makes for a great plot and even better laughs.

Side-note, if you haven’t ever done this already, research the origins of Valentine’s Day–I did and I wasn’t disappointed.

But I think what’s more important is the emotion that this day is known for: love. And I’ll bring us back to one of the men who made this day what we believe it is now, Shakespeare, who wrote, “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”.

Love is one of the most powerful emotions we can experience and puts us into one of the most positive states we can access as humans. It is not seen visually but it is felt deeply. 

And there are so many ways to experience this powerful emotion. Romantic love, of course, but there is also the love we feel for ourselves, for one’s own values, for friendships, for habits and routines, for our animals, for a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night.

Love has so many different capabilities that all have the ability to put the human brain into a powerful, positive state. It pairs nicely with gratitude and joy which only further strengthens our positive state. 

And when we’re running off of a positive state, our tank is full and the things we can accomplish are limitless. So, I challenge you to see the benefits of feeling and experiencing love in a new way this Valentine’s Day and to notice how it makes you feel.

-Coach Lauren


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