You can come out from your hiding place. Valentine’s Day is officially over! Yes, a surprising amount of our Facebook friends said they hated the holiday. Some found it to be too commercial. Others found it to be lonely for singles. There were also many who thought it was a good excuse to celebrate love.

In general, while everyone had their own reasons for loving or hating the holiday, I thought it was a great discussion about love and an opportunity to reflect on the four letter word itself.

Our bloggers were no exception. Everyone had their own take on love. One blogger talked about how Valentine’s Day can bring up unexpected pain and sorrow in our lives. Another discussed the various stages of a romantic relationship (a perfect post for couples). A third mentioned the importance of forgiveness and opening one’s heart.

It made me rethink Valentine’s Day as a day (whether you celebrate it or not) to remember the importance of love.

Love comes in all forms. It could be love for your pet, your partner, your friend, your grandmother, your religion. And most importantly, it can come from within. I hope that whatever you did yesterday, you did it with love.

The 3 Stages of Love — From Romance to Power Struggle to a Life Dance of Conscious Love

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – This top post will help unravel the myths of romantic love. You will also discover what love stage you are in and what you need to work on to get to a deeper place in your relationship.

Reclaiming Valentine’s Day and Finding Beauty in the Broken Places

(The Therapist Within) – Every time I type out the words “Valentine’s Day,” I cringe thinking about those who feel pain when reading it. But as always, The Therapist Within, successfully finds a way to inspire us to dig deep and look within. If the big V Day brought up emotions in you, read this and see if you can transform those negative feelings into positive ones.

Spirituality and Creative Expression

(The Creative Mind) – Beauty and purpose often arrive from difficulty and turmoil. This post on creativity and spirituality tells the story of both. This post will make you feel more hopeful about whatever journey you are on right now.

Open Your Heart to Positivity Through Forgiveness

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Angry at your best friend? Have a difficult time forgiving them? Read why it is in our own best interest to learn how to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed us so we can let go of the emotional baggage attached to it.

You Are Not Your Work Identity

(360 of Mindful Living) – Sadly, being laid off is way too common these days. If you’re having a difficult time with dealing the loss of your identity because you lost your job or recently retired, you’ll want to read this post.