St Valentine's Day's coming ...It's an opportunity to show love and friendship

Wise words from my name-sake…social connectedness is an ingredient for laughter, living long and well.

Wise words from my name-sake…social connectedness is an ingredient for laughter, living long and well.

St Valentine’s Day is upon us and lovers, husbands, wives, partners are prompted to make a show of their affection and love. To romance - and perhaps take a moment to remind themselves what they take for granted at other times of the year! Flowers, hearts, poems, candle light… I hear the sale of aphrodisiac foods such as oyster and asparagus soar this week!

But what happens to those who are not in a special 1:1? Those who have lost a loved one? Maybe your “bestie” has gone abroad? Or you’re in pain after a break-up; just moved and are going through the struggle to connect and make new friends? Well, given the health benefits of being social, it makes sense to take time to reach out - arrange to catch up with a friend, invite a neighbour in for coffee, enrol for a new hobby, start a conversation with someone - who knows they might be alone too. And if you are lucky to have a special relationship, who else do you know that would appreciate a friendly call? Go on, share your love! It only takes a minute or two.

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