How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?
Are you looking forward to spending time with a loved one or doing something nice for yourself or others?
Are you filled with dread or worried that it won’t go well?
Does it make you feel sad, happy, lonely, or excited?
Maybe you feel none of these emotions and wish everyone would just quit talking about it.
No matter your “relationship” with February 14th, here are three articles about love and the human experience: from living your best life to understanding the science of love.
So even If you don’t love Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to do something kind for somebody (including yourself) today.
Life-tested wisdom on how to live from James Baldwin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Leo Tolstoy, Seneca, Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Viktor Frankl, Rachel Carson, and Hannah Arendt.
Intentionally seeking the feeling of awe can improve memory, boost creativity and relieve anxious rumination.
If you’re struggling with persistent sadness, anxiety or other mental health issues, you might benefit from the help of a caring professional. Take the first step by talking to your primary care physician, or contacting Athena Care.
Rachel Swan, MS
Rachel has a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University, where she spent 16 years as a Research Analyst in the Psychology and Human Development Department.