Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Did you know that Saint Valentine wasn’t just one person? Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message and happy Valentine’s to you! In honor of the day of love, I thought I’d share a little history about the most romantic day of the year.
According to historians, there may have been two or three people who played a part in creating what we now know as Valentine’s Day, but the most historic is Saint Valentine who is said to have died on February 14th. During that time, there was a ban on marriages, as the reigning Emperor Claudius II believed that marriage distracted young soldiers. Saint Valentine felt differently and would secretly marry couples, until the day he was caught. After he was sentence to death, young couples would visit his cell, bringing him cards and flowers. There is another version of history that claims one Pope who only served 40 days in 827 A.D. may have been Saint Valentine.
It wasn't until about the 17th century that people started exchanging cards and letters and Valentine’s Day became a well-known holiday in the 1840s. Today, millions of people symbolize their love on February 14th with candle, flowers, gifts…it is important to remember the spirit of Saint Valentine, whoever he was. Love is about defying the odds and fighting for what you truly want...even if it meant death in the case of Saint Valentine. Isn’t that an ideal we can apply to more than just one area of our lives? Let’s make it a great week!
12 Things Happy People Do Differently
“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed. I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.” -Dan Millman
Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness. These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives. (Check out her book The How of Happiness.)
1.) Express gratitude.
2.) Cultivate optimism.
3.) Avoid over-thinking and social comparison.
4.) Practice acts of kindness.
5.) Nurture social relationships.
6.) Develop strategies for coping.
7.) Learn to forgive.
8.) Increase flow experiences.
9.) Savor life’s joys.
10.) Commit to your goals.
11.) Practice spirituality.
12.) Take care of your body.
Source: Article written by Jacob Sokol http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/08/30/12-things-happy-people-do-differently/
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” - Charles M. Schulz
“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” - Maya Angelou
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” - Rumi
“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” - William Shakespeare
“There's a long life ahead of you and it's going to be beautiful, as long as you keep loving and hugging each other.” - Yoko Ono