The Benefits of L.O.V.E. on Valentine’s Day

02-14-2014 LOVEWhether you’re in a relationship or single, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful occasion to express L.O.V.E.

An act of love does not have to be a grand romantic gesture; it can be simple.

Do a favor for a friend, hold the door for a stranger, or leave your server an extra large tip. Small acts of kindness that take

little effort can touch someone else’s day in a very positive way — and maybe they’ll even pay it forward.

Try making this Valentine’s Day, and every day after that, more about true L.O.V.E.:

Laughter – Having a sense of humor is great for your mood and health! It strengthens our capacity for pleasure while lowering blood pressure and reducing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Studies have even shown that it increases memory and learning by decreasing anxiety and improving alertness and creativity.

Open-minded-ness – The way you react to a situation determines its outcome, and having an open mind can help you make the best out of any situation. Being open-minded opens up new opportunities for meeting new people and trying new things — both of which help to make you a more well-rounded person.

Volunteer – There’s no denying that helping others in need makes the heart feel good. In fact, performing acts of kindness releases serotonin — a chemical in your brain that has major health benefits.

Instead of focusing on receiving gifts this Valentine’s Day, focus on what you have to offer others. Being selfless will help reduce stress and increase your over-all sense of wellbeing and fulfillment.

Express gratitude – Appreciating what you have is better than thinking too much on what you want. When you show appreciation for the people and things around you, it all becomes more valuable to you and deepens your sense of happiness.

Love is not simply measured in bouquets of flowers or boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day, but in the small actions you take to express your L.O.V.E. for those around you the other 364 days of the year.

SelectQuote wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day and a life filled with L.O.V.E.

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