Today is the final day of January. And you know what that means? Love is in the air as couples gear up to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
Regardless of if you’re in a relationship or single this holiday, there are some serious benefits to feeling the love and spreading the love beyond giving cheesy bouquets of flowers and heart shaped boxes of chocolates on Valentine’s Day (or any time of year). Forget the candy-coated romance, love is a positive emotion with many tangible health benefits, and you can express it in many ways (i.e., to a partner, family member, friend, pet, or even a stranger), and be in love with many things (i.e., a new found hobby), all year long to reap the rewards…
1. Loving Relationships Strengthen Mental Wellbeing
We often think that Valentine’s Day is just for couples, but it doesn’t have to be confined to romance. In fact, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler’s beloved character on the television show, Parks and Rec) hosted “Galentine’s Day”, a day to celebrate her female friendships and the positive impacts they have on her life.
And medical researchers from the Mayo Clinic would agree that individuals with a loving support network, “which can come from friends, family, members of societies you belong to” mitigates psychological distress and makes for a happier and mentally healthier life.