Sharing the Love

February 2022

It’s February already – where does the time go? Anyway, February, as we all know, is all about the love. We can’t move for red and pink heart motifs. So, we thought we’d take the opportunity to have a rummage through related notions of being kind and sharing the love and even loving the skin you’re in.

Sharing the Love - love graphic with words in it

Common concepts on Pink&Green

We’ve touched on kindness and love-related concepts on this blog more than once. But that’s no reason not to do it again – it never hurts does it to remind ourselves?

Back in April of 2021 we wrote about ways in which to be kind. In that blog we explored ideas of kindness being a trait characterized by strength rather than weakness. And further, if practised, increases your own happiness levels. We also explored Darwin’s theory of evolution and the whole survival of the fittest notion. From that we learned of Darwin’s belief that we are, at heart, a profoundly social species. It’s fair to say that the struggle some of us had with the isolation of Covid-19 induced lockdowns bore that out. He believed that caring for others – or sharing the love – is as much an instinct to us as breathing.

When we fulfil our function, which is to truly love ourselves and share love with others, then true happiness sets in.

Gabrielle Bernstein, May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness

Love is …

Before that though, around Valentine’s Day 2021, we explored the idea of love being about family and friends. With that blog we wanted to remind that love is about much more than having a romantic partner. Indeed, that love is family and friends too. Thus, in that article we explored what family is – how we define it. We also learned about the ancient Greeks’ attribution of four levels to love:

  1. Storge – kinship
  2. Philia – friendship
  3. Eros – sexual and romantic love
  4. Agape – divine love

Smart cookies those ancient Greeks – smart enough to fear this particular emotion. There’s a good reason they invented the term lovesick.

Loving yourself

Yes, I know. You’re now thinking ‘Hold on. Above you’ve been talking about being kind and love being about family and friends and I get it. But now you’re talking about loving myself!’ It’s fair comment and I can see why you’d get confused. But we have to mention it. Because, as this article that offers twenty-two ideas on loving yourself points out: ‘People-pleasing is a losing battle. When you focus on self-love and self-compassion rather than trying to get others to love you, you build your self-esteem and break co-dependent patterns so you can form healthier, happier relationships—with yourself and others.’

It’s a great list in that article and I urge you to explore it. But here I’ll make mention of the first one on the list about knowing yourself. If you don’t even know who you are – what you believe, what you value, what you like – then how can you love yourself? And the inevitable consequence of not being able to love oneself is that no-one else will love you either. Self-fulling prophecies and all that. The quotation below says it all rather well.

Self-love is not selfish. It is generous, creating an overflow of love that spills out around you, touching family, friends, and strangers. Loving yourself gives you more love to share

Troy L. Love, A Year of Self Love

Should you want to rifle through our earlier writings on this area check out The Line Between Self Interest and Selfishness. And also, Self-Care and Self-Interest.

 

Sharing the Love - statue of two boys sharing
Sharing the love

Loving the skin you’re in

Loving the skin you’re in – works on more than one level. There’s the abstract sense that we’ve explored, of loving yourself and, in so doing, having love to share with others. But of course, there’s a literal meaning too – of loving your actual, physical skin. So, with Valentine’s Day on the horizon we’ve got a Share the Love offer on our website through February.

Why not treat your own skin or that of someone you love to some gorgeous Pink&Green organic skincare? After all:

The simple gift of giving becomes an elaborate rich aftertaste of a natural blissful feeling, lingering endlessly in my lifetime.

― Wes Adamson

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