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Valentine oh Valentine

February 12, 2015

Valentine’s Day is a curious phenomena and many either love or loathe it. Let’s not judge, but let’s use this day to be mindful about relationships and how we can learn to appreciate each other.

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Some vibrant Anemones – Tina Bernstein

Now, of course I’m no expert at it all but I wanted to use this post to suggest some alternative ways to ‘gift’ to each other on this day. And gifting does not necessarily only mean goods bought with monetary value.

Read this wonderful post by Content Beauty & Wellbeing on the Ancient Art of Gift Giving.

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© Content Beauty & Wellbeing

I have to start with my own Be Present Perfect map, a helpful guide to get the right gifts for everyone, every time. With over 250+ suggestions you’ll find something for everyone. There’s a 14% discount until Valentine’s Day so be a step ahead of everyone.

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Commission Nanna Koekoek, the brilliant illustrator of the Mapology Guide Would Like to Meet, to draw a portrait of your loved one and hand letter five things you love about them. Full colour, A5 on card, £25+pp. The deadline for Valentine’s day for this has passed but hey, you can still order a Personalised card for another occasion. It’s good to appreciate each other throughout the year, not just on Valentine’s Day! Click on her ETSY site where you can find out more.

By the way, Mapology Guides newsletter subscribers got a 20% discounts on these personalised cards. Why not sign up for future news and discounts.

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Then there is the DIY method. All around the world, people send each other snail mail. Yep, you read correctly. That still does exist. I recently got this beautiful package sent to me by Giova from One Bunting Away. Get on making!

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I’ve been into health and the magical healing powers of nutritional food since 1993 when I visited my first nutritionist. I’ve read many health food books and have had first hand experience with many health practitioners. We live in a society where everyone is advocating another way of eating. The truth is that we’re all individuals and have to find the right way for us and our families. It’s a maze out there.

I cannot recommend the The Art of Eating Well by the fantastic Hemsley+Hemsley sisters enough. It’s the definitive tome of everything you need to know about eating a healthy diet for you and your family. Packed with great tips, tricks, recipes and a wealth of information, this would make a perfect gift for man, woman, family member.

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My own copy.

Staying in for Valentine’s Night? If you haven’t heard of it yet, let me introduce you to the Empathy Library founded by Empathy guru extraordinaire Roman Krznaric. You can read my interview with Roman.

The Empathy Library is a digital treasure house to share inspiring books and films to spark a global empathy revolution. The perfect reading and viewing for couples at anytime of the year. Why not join the library.

The exciting news is that this summer sees the world’s first Empathy Museum. An experiential adventure space that I cannot wait to visit. What better than to experience for us to step into the shoes of others and explore the world through their eyes. The Museum will launch online and at the Southbank Centre in London.

To conclude, yes, by all means celebrate Valentine’s Day, gift each other, be nice to each other. On a wider scale it’s good to be mindful at all times of what we appreciate and love about each other all year round.

I simply had to include this wonderful short clip by The School of Life.

Happy Valentine’s Day people.

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  • Reply Giova Brusa February 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Happy Valentine’s to you too!
    Have you read The Gift by Lewis Hyde? Magnificent!
    Never heard of the empathy library and must go and check it out.
    Thanks for all the recommendations and for adding the handmade gifts in here 🙂

    • Reply tina February 16, 2015 at 2:12 am

      Hope you had a nice VD.
      Yes have read ‘The Gift’.Very good indeed.

      The Empathy library is great. I cannot wait to experince the Empathy Museum.
      Pleasure xx

  • Reply Holly February 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    This is such a perfect post! My brain feels enriched, my heart warmed, and my soul humbled. Great tips Tina, and the message of the School of Life’s video about giving up on perfection being the most romantic thing … so good! Best valentines day message EVER.

    Thank you, and happy valentine’s day my sweet friend xoxoxo

    • Reply tina February 16, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Glad this has inspired you:-)

      I love that video too….short, sweet and very real.
      Thank you for sharing this post on your Facebook xx

  • Reply mel February 14, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Great post Tina. A lot of wise advice there. That empathy museum is such a brilliant idea, I would be excited to go there as well. As for the School of Life – too good. Mel x
    p.s. I’ve tried the What’s Bugging You map on four people so far and they’ve always come up with a solution. Love!

    • Reply tina February 16, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Cannot wait to visit the Empathy Museum. Don’t worry, will be blogging about it:-)

      I always want Catherine to go to a School of Life event in Melbourne. Hopefully now that she’s moved closer to the city she can.

      Great stuff. So glad people have come up with a solution. That’s b rilliant feedback. Thank you xx

  • Reply Alison Sye February 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Just love, love, love those anemones

    • Reply tina March 10, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much Alison xx

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