February is the month of love!
“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” Paulo Coelho
Love comes in all shapes and forms – with the love of a true friend often superseding other relationships. But for most of us, friendship is not so black and white and can come in all shapes and sizes – the unconditional love in the form of a cuddle from your cat after a long day, your best friend that surprises you with fresh flowers from her garden because she knows you’ll like them, or even just the acknowledgement and friendly wave from a work buddy can lighten up a dreary day.
Friendship is defined as a “relationship of mutual affection between two or more people.” When you break down the word “relationship,” it’s defined as a “strong, deep, or close association/acquaintance between two or more people that may range in duration from brief to enduring.”
The relation to another human being and their interactions with us impact our emotional view of the world deeply. Being made to feel secure, understood and accepted by our peers can immensely impact the way we perceive ourselves, and by default, the way we interact with others – thus creating a bond of mutual affection.
THE BENEFITS OF LOVE
A longer life span. Many studies over the years have found that people generally live longer, happier, healthier lives if they have a strong network of support from friends and family.
Reduce stress. Having a friend who listens to you and understands what you are going through can help alleviate tension and anxiety and help you through a tough time.
Develop healthy habits. Hanging out with friends who are active, eat well and lead balanced lives can inspire you to take on your own healthier habits.
A healthy self-esteem – friends motivate us, encourage us and help us see the best in ourselves, even when you struggle to see it in yourself.
Show that special person how much they mean to you this February and Celebrate the Month of Love with a Spa Treatment at any of our Ginkgo Spas – Luxury Spa Arniston, Petite Spa Claremont, and Express Spa Sea Point.