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What Valentines Day Means to the Young Today
Valentine’s day has always been associated with romantic love. But over the years it has been seen as love beyond romance. Many believe that it can be made meaningful by sharing with friends and family and doing what you love the most.
It also means celebration of the special bond shared with their children, parents, friends, pets, and even themselves. Their energies are focused, where their love is reciprocated. It is a time for parents to bond with their children by taking them on fun-filled outings on Valentine’s Day. It is an amazing feeling to spend the time with them on a day earmarked for love.
Love does not claim possession but gives freedom-
— Rabindranath Tagore
A Day to Cherish Relationships
Valentine’s day is not just a romance of the heart but it is a day to cherish relationships, and friendships. It is more about a thank you to your dad or a simile at your neighbour who took your mom to the hospital when she was ill. Valentine’s day for today’s youth is about spending time with those who they care for than any formal date with their girl or boyfriend.
Senior citizens try to reinvent the festival of love by indulging in activities that are close to their heart. Children plan taking their parents to their favorite destinations to break free from the monotony of everyday routine. For the singles it is invariably a day to celebrate with friends. They One does not have to go looking for love. It is all around us. Love is the adhesive that keeps the family together.
Showing the family, you care by surprising them with gifts is a great way to spend valentine’s day. trips to favorite locations and have a blast. Some singles prefer to celebrate solo, watching their favorite move, going to their favorite restaurant, just relaxing home listening to their favorite music.
One does not have to go looking for love. It is all around us. Love is the adhesive that keeps the family together. Showing the family, you care by surprising them with gifts is a great way to spend valentine’s day.
Love for the Pet
Furry friends is all you need to celebrate love, say pet parents. Love for a pet is unlike any other love. They dedicate this day totally to the pets and make it a special one for them. Taking the pets to a spa and pampering them with a good grooming and making them happy. Going on a vacation with the pets or taking them to the beach are some of the programs of pet parents on Valentine's Day. The idea is to is dedicated the whole day to the pet.
Show Love to Your Heart
Valentine’s day can also be the day for the youngsters to show some love to their heart health. It is time they decide to make those lifestyle changes to stay hale and hearty. Unhealthy eating habits, stress, excessive alcohol intake, smoking, lack of proper sleep all cause immense risk to heart health.
We are seeing more and more youngsters fall prey to heart ailments. More so during the pandemic, cardiac problems have increased, especially among young people. They tend to ignore the warning signs or are unaware about the signs. They often mistake chest pain for other problems like acidity and bloating.
Avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol, and managing stress are the best ways to avoid heart attacks. Practicing Yoga, meditation, or any other work out regularly, eating healthy food, with more of fruits and vegetables, limited intake of meat, having adequate sleep all go a long way in managing heart health.
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We live in the world when we love it.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Bonding with Nature
While celebrating this day of love, why not show some love towards our planet too. People are more eco-conscious. More and more people have become eco-conscious now as the pandemic altered our lives and reiterated the need for safeguarding nature.
The importance of going green and celebrating special occasions like weddings in an eco-friendly manner is seen more today. Green platters and healthy eating are popular preferences now. Open outdoor spaces are preferred for the celebrations due to safety issues in the pandemic and as people prefer being close to nature.
A cool way to spend relax and discover new places is an early morning walk or cycling in a beautiful locale. Opting for eco-friendly fashion by opting for fabrics made of natural fabrics or organic material like cotton or linen is a great way of protecting the environment. Gifts like organic apparels, jewelry made of natural materials, homemade cookies and chocolates, small potted plants, herbs are cherished by the eco conscious youngsters.
Some prefer to volunteer for a worthy cause with a nature club, planting saplings, social service group of the area, supporting people in distress, etc. Good deeds done together helps in lasting love and bonding along with a feel-good emotion making valentine’s day special in all ways.
Love’s gift cannot be given. It waits to be accepted.
— Rabindranath Tagore
Today people celebrate love in all forms, they are passionate about their work, craft, hobbies et all. Sharing the joy with others is the spirit of Valentine’s Day. My friend who has been single for quite some time now says valentine’s day for her is all about bringing a smile back on someone’s face who is in need of some help. Most youngsters think so today.
This is a generation that has achieved a few goals early in life. Their minds are sensitive and their vision clear. For them the meaning of love is different. They are wiling to walk the extra mile to make someone else happy. Some youngsters in our area have planned a visit to the orphanage and give the children books, toys, chocolates and make their day a happy one for them.
Time for Some Self-Love
Love yourself is the new mantra which makes the concept of love more inclusive and encompassing. It is the right time to experience things solo on this day, for those who love themselves. It can be travelling to lesser explored places, buying new stuff for oneself or enjoying gourmet food, watching a movie solo. Many consider taking a backpacking vacation as the best gift you can give to yourself on valentine’s day.
Self -care is giving the world the best of you according to Katie Reed, a writer and speaker. True love begins with self-care, because if you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. Some may be passionate about cooking or yoga, others about their work or hobbies. It’s all about self-acceptance and learning to embrace your faults. Having your me time is a way of prioritizing yourself over others. It is not a selfish thing to do but it is a way to recharge and rejuvenate yourself.
Many prefer the solitude when one gets the time to reflect or just relax read a long-pending book, and catch up on some sleep. Gifting yourself with something you have always wanted is another way of self-care. Engaging in self-care is known to reduce anxiety, depression and increase concentration and happiness.
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
— Albert Einstein
Love and the Universe
The world has been passing through a critical phase for the past two years because of the pandemic, that has afflicted the effluent and non-effluent alike. Albert Einstein would have believed that the cause of this untold misery on the inhabitants of this earth to be the failure of humanity to use and harness the various forces of the universe in the right direction.
Einstein realized through a flash of intuition that there was an extremely powerful force `that governed every phenomenon operating in the universe about which science could not find any formal explanation. This universal force, he said is love. The positive energy of love, he believed is so powerful that it has the capacity to heal the entire world. He explained that while trying to develop the unified theory of the universe, scientists completely overlooked the existence of this positive energy.
Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation
— Rabindranath Tagore
According to Mata Amritanandmayi, love is like gravity and works like a magnet attracting people towards one another. It is power because it extinguishes blind selfishness and ensures that humanity is not governed by a narrow-minded attitude. God is love and love is God.
Those who live in tune with the attractive force of love, achieve harmony with nature and their fellow beings and are attract God. Pure love is nothing but the emptying of the mind of all fear. Suffering has made us realise the transitory nature of life on this earth. It is too precious to be fritted away by nurturing thoughts of hatred, `and ill-will among fellow human beings.
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