Why We Need Love on Valentine's Day
and Every Day Beyond
Written By Expert Aswynn Willowroot
As Valentine’s Day approaches, there is an often-overlooked greater significance to the annual day we set aside for the celebration of love. The commercialization of this holiday tends to overshadow the much more relevant aspect quietly hidden behind the exchange of gifts of chocolate, flowers and heartfelt greeting cards.
Love, at its core, is the very breath of life. It is the invisible power which inspires us, motivates us and gives depth and meaning to the human experience.
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“Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen,” writes Ellen McGrath in her article, “The Power of Love,” for Psychology Today.
Love is not just an emotional need. It is a fundamental physical need which, if left unfulfilled, has the potential to impact our sense of well-being and quality of life.
“It is also true that the less love you have, the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably the best antidepressant there is because one of the most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. Most depressed people don’t love themselves and they do not feel loved by others. They also are very self-focused, making them less attractive to others and depriving them of opportunities to learn the skills of love,” continues McGrath.
In order to acquire the skills of love we must first understand one of love’s most primary truths. Regardless of where we are in life or what our past experience is in love, it is our destiny to recreate love in our lives anew.
“The path to love isn’t a choice, for all of us must find out who we are. This is our spiritual destiny. The path can be postponed; you can lose faith in it or even despair that love exists. None of that is permanent; only the path is,” writes physician and holistic health author Deepak Chopra.
The first step of the love journey, and probably the most difficult, is to take a deep breath while teetering on the edge of the cliff of uncertainty to make the conscious choice to allow love to enter our lives rather than succumb to fear and run away.
“The reason that ego and love are not compatible comes down to this: you cannot take your ego into the unknown, where love wants to lead. If you follow love, your life will become uncertain, and the ego craves certainty,” writes Chopra.
The next step, and probably the most important, is to realize love is a contact sport. It requires a willingness to act, take chances and commit to a hoped outcome with no definitive promise of a happy ending.
“There is a mythology in our culture that love just happens. As a result, the depressed often sit around passively waiting for someone to love them. But love doesn’t work that way. To get love and keep love you have to go out and be active and learn a variety of specific skills,” writes McGrath.
The key to acquiring those specific skills starts here. Whether you're single, struggling to move your connection to the next level or looking to fan the flames of an already-steamy romance, you can find customized advice to make your love life sizzle!
Tune in for my expanded all-you-need-to-know Valentine’s Day special feature coming in February!