Monday, February 1, 2016

Love: By Samantha Snowdale

Love, according to the dictionary, is a warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion. In more depth love was described as an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. Pretty great, huh? I was inspired to write about love after last months amazing blog on Gratitude, by Kendra Goodwin. In her blog she challenged the reader to think of five things they were grateful for. My list was easy.

1. My best friend, my husband Brad who makes me laugh and smile everyday.
2. My children, Wyatt & Clinton. Words can't even express how grateful I am for them.
3. Family and friends.
4. My health.
5. My job and the people I work with.

After writing and reflecting on my list I was overwhelmed with a feeling, being full of love. 
I wanted to take a moment to appreciate and write about love. Seeing as this month is February -the month of love- I found that topic to be quite appropriate!

We all have some form of love in our lives. Whether it's for a spouse, parent, sibling, child, pet, hobby, or job. It's an amazing feeling to love or to be loved. I think it is so important to love what you do. Most people spend more time at their job than they do at home, so why not do something you are passionate about? Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a life of fulfillment and passion. 

An article on Business News Daily describes the power of loving your job that said people who enjoy what they do are more productive, feel more motivated, have mental health improvement, and their job doesn't feel like a chore; to name a few. So not money, but loving your job can produce all these great side effects. Those all sound like great reasons to me! 

More powerful than loving your job or loving others, is loving yourself. When you embrace who you are it makes you happier. It is referred to as self-acceptance. According to this article on the Huffington Post, research suggest that self-acceptant people are more optimistic, less stressed, and are less at risk for developing depression or anxiety. Basically you can greatly improve your life just by deciding to love and accept your self. I LOVE ME! 

All in all love is an amazing emotion and we all have the power to feel it, embrace it, and notice all the love we have created in our lives; because we deserve it. 

I'd like to leave you with  a silly yet insightful quote.

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