Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. We shower our Valentines with chocolate, flowers, and romantic dinners, but beyond the fun of Cupid’s favorite day, did you also know that love can be good for your health? Here are five ways that love can actually keep you healthy and moving forward on your journey: 1. Loving Yourself One of the most important things you can do is LOVE YOURSELF. When people are struggling to lose weight, the problem often lies inside of them. Do you call yourself names? Do you say things to yourself like “I am fat” or “I am no good”? This attitude can really damage you long term. You have to LOVE yourself before you can accept the love of anyone else. Loving yourself gives you a healthy relationship with your body and your mind. This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of self-love. It will make a significant difference in the rest of your year and the rest of your life! 2. Family Love Family relationships have their ups and downs and are incredibly dynamic. The more you realize that your family is there to love and support you no matter what, the better life will become. Thankfully due to technology, it is easier than ever to stay connected with our family. Need an extra pick-me-up? Set up a video chat session with your family. You can send texts throughout the day when small things remind you of them. The beautiful thing about families and the love they provide is that its unconditional. 3. Love For Food We all love food! But it’s your relationship with food that is important. No matter where you are in your journey, you need to love food. It’s what fuels your body and your mind. Food truly should make you happy. When you aren’t eating enough or aren’t eating the right things, your emotions will swing. Food can also change a lot of situations–it can spice up a meeting, it can improve a celebration, and it creates time to talk around the dinner table. Don’t fear food. Instead, love it for what it does. Understand it and become more knowledgeable about it. A healthy relationship with food is one of the best things you can do for yourself. 4. Loving Fitness Is Key Do you love fitness? Loving fitness doesn’t have to mean you love burpees and pushups…though it can! Loving fitness essentially means you love being active. You love movement, activity, and enjoying different sports, workout routines, and just life in general! So much in life is due to your mindset. If you can convince yourself that you love fitness, then getting more active will be a breeze. And of course, working out releases endorphins, and endorphins make people happy! 5. Let’s Talk About SEX, Baby! No one ever wants to talk about it, but the reality is, if you are in a healthy relationship, you are probably enjoying a sexual relationship with your partner. The majority of adults are sexual in some way, shape, or form. Beyond even just the act of sex itself, when you feel sexy, you exude a confidence that will reverberate through the rest of your life. Whether you’re talking about a high-five, a hug, a kiss, or the full-blown shut-down session, human touch and contact is something that most of us yearn for in some form. Sex is such an intimate way to relate to your partner and get in touch with your body. I hope you take a moment to think about how LOVE truly does make this world go around. The more ways you inject love into your life, the happier and, ultimately, the healthier you will be. Love yourself, love your family, love food, love fitness, and love sex. Then watch your life as your life becomes the healthiest it can be!