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Valentine's Day: Look, Feel Better

Need some Valentine's Day ideas for looking and feeling better? Read on.

By Star Lawrence
WebMD Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

Did you used to count the valentines in your crepe paper-festooned shoebox in school? Some people consider The Day of the Cupid to be a score-keeping day. Is it true love? Jewelry or flowers -- what have I "earned" this year? Is only Mom going to send me a valentine?

What if -- instead -- you kicked off a campaign today to look better and feel better about yourself by the time Big Red rolls around?

In his book, Three Steps to Happiness! Healing Through Joy, internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, says happiness is a natural state of being -- that the body and brain want to be joyful, appreciative, and magnetic. As the Day of Love approaches:

  • "Be honest with your feelings," Teitelbaum says. "Guys, especially, bury their feelings. Express them."
  • Make life a no-fault system. "Don't blame yourself or anyone else," he says. "Yes, the choices you made had consequences. If you don't like the consequences, make new choices, but don't blame others or feel guilty."
  • Keep your attention on what feels good. Ninety-nine percent of the world around you is good or beautiful.
  • Live in the now, or maybe a few days from "now." As the poet Colette once said, "What a wonderful life I've had. I only wish I had realized it sooner."

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