12th Feb 2021
Valentine’s Day can be a hard day for some. Shops full of cards, hearts, flowers and declarations of love. Supermarkets filled with romantic meals for two. Social media packed with photos of happiness and joy. Whilst it is a time of celebration for some, for others, it is a time that only serves to highlight what is currently missing from their lives.
Love is such an important part of what makes us happy that it is easy to see why, at a time like this, the sense of loss is magnified. It could be that we have lost someone we loved, that we are still searching for someone to love, or even that we have fallen out of love and don’t know how to get that back. All these scenarios are ones that can cause pain at a time where the theme of love is, quite literally, everywhere we look.
But love can be found in other places too. And that love can be just as significant in our lives and so should be equally as celebrated. The love of friends, of families. The love towards our communities, both online and local. Never have those connections mattered more than in 2021. And so this seems a great time to celebrate them too.
And we can celebrate those in so many ways. Share some love for your online community or your local community online. Share some love for a local or small business that has in some way helped or supported you through a challenging time. Tell a friend how much they mean to you. Tell a family member that they bring joy to your life. Right now, the gift of being able to make another smile or bring them happiness is perhaps the most powerful thing we can give.
Love and kindness impact upon bullying in so many different ways. If you are being bullied, then love and kindness being extended towards you can make such a difference to your emotional well-being. However, even more so than that, if we can instill love and kindness in our children, and indeed, promote it to each other, then perhaps we can prevent bullying behaviours from ever occurring in the first place. The upsurge in trolling and negativity on social media has had such an impact on our well-being. If we could spread love as easily as hate is spread, what an impact we could have.
And so this week, instead of thinking of it as Valentine’s day or ‘Gal’entines day, why not just think of it as ‘Love’ day. Happy Love day. A day to spread love.
Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
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