Treat yourself well this Valentine’s Day; and I’m not just talking about buying flowers and chocolates or having that second cup of delicious coffee.

Valentine’s Day has me thinking of how often I forget an essential truth: One of the most important relationships I have in my life is with myself.

It’s so important to remember self-worth on a day like today. The love I put out into the world begins with how I measure my own value. Without valuing who I am as a person, how can I bring honest love to others and the world around me?

Self-deprecation is a dangerous habit that’s hard to break. I don’t get enough work done. My to-do list constantly replenishes itself until some days it feels unmanageable. Some days, it’s easier to admit defeat than shrug off the stress. But not today.

Today, I declare a kindness day. A day of compliments. No matter how small the task or how mundane the accomplishment may feel, congratulations on a job well done.

I propose an unconventional challenge on a day better known for couples and crushes: Bring more love to those around you by starting with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship or not.

Treat yourself kindly. Think of the last success you had and hold onto it.
Treat yourself well too, my friends.