If you’ve ever been tormented by a loved one or a thought, you know how all-consuming it can be. You could be saturated by the sunlight on a beach and still feel the weight of unresolved feelings, worries, and fears deeply.

I overheard a teenage girl the other day upset over a classmate’s Facebook update. “Why would she say that?” she asked. Her anguish was understandable. How many times have we caught ourselves over-analyzing a relationship, a past conversation, a future concern?

It’s Valentine’s Day as I write this and I know there may be some of you out there having a hard time with it. The digital life we lead makes things more complicated. But in general, all we humans (and pets) want is to love and be loved. How do we transform worries into love? What helps is remembering what matters. Does it matter who is right or wrong? Does it matter why someone did what they did? To help you stop your own mini drama in its tracks read our end of the week posts. Learning about the wise things our pets teach us, or remembering the importance of self-love will temporarily lift you from your current state of anguish. It’s our little love gift to you. Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

{Flickr photo by Sarah Parrott}

Top 10 Things You Can Learn About Love From A Dog
(Therapy Soup) – Some of the best lessons we can learn about life and love comes from our pets. Has your dog taught you any of these love lessons lately?

5 Benefits to Practicing Digital Awareness
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Have a rocky relationship with technology? If you’re feeling controlled and stressed by your tech toys, this should help.

A Self-Love Reminder On Valentine’s Day
(Weightless) – On Valentine’s Day like any day, you can easily neglect the person who deserves your love and attention most-yourself. We hope this poem inspires you to love yourself unconditionally today and every day.

5 Things To Know Before Dating An Addict
(Addiction Recovery) – Relationships are hard as it is. Addiction adds another complicated layer. But if you’re falling for someone with an addiction, it can work out. Here’s what you should know before you get in too deep.

Can Depression Help People Be More Creative? Part 2
(The Creative Mind) – Suffering from bipolar disorder or depression doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more creative than the next guy. But it may give you the right combination of motivation, inspiration and experience to boost the creativity you do have.