Depending on where you’re at in your life, Valentine’s Day holds a lot of power. Expectation, the bringer of unhappiness, is what does it.

Think about it… Expectations of how your day should be and how you should be treated/surprised/spoiled… If you put them out there most of the time expectations will reward you with feelings of worry, negativity, and negative comparison.

Expect nothing. Yep, seriously, don’t expect anything and everything will be a bonus. Yes, it may sound trite, but if you think about it, it’s true. So this Valentine’s Day turn your expectations around 180 degrees and give some love to those around you instead. Make somebody else’s day this year.

Use this day not to buy into the schtick the marketers of chocolate, flowers, tacky underwear and wrapping paper want from you, but to open your eyes and take a look around at those in your life that you love.

Appreciate the people in your life, even those that are difficult. The more difficult the person, generally the more they need love from you.
Good, bad or complicated; each relationship will grow you better, if you let it.
Life is about relationship – family, friends, partners, workmates, bus drivers – we are all in this together so you might as well make it as pleasant as possible.
Love for those around you makes your life richer… Truly, it does.

Go on, give ’em a little extra love today. All of those people in your life.

A smile, a hug or a kind word never go astray. You never know who might desperately need it and frankly doing good stuff for other people has the bonus of making them and you feel good… And you don’t have to buy into the mass commercialism of VDay to do it.

So whether your love is here or there, or perhaps your love is more about a place, people on a bigger scale or something much bigger than the commercials would have you believe, I heartily wish you love and hope you share it around today!

Enjoy, Mrs Jones x