How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? As you contemplate this day of love—either how you are going to spend it or how you have spent it in the past—Dr. Robin invites you to think about what it really means to love someone and what it means to be loved by someone.
Some people and couples wait all year long for this day in the hopes of encountering love—and that's wrong because we should be celebrating our love every day, Dr. Robin says. Still others don't celebrate Valentine's Day at all because of the commercialism of the holiday.
And then there are other people who don't have a significant other but celebrate the day as a way to celebrate themselves, Dr. Robin says. They are happy on Valentine's Day because they are happy with themselves. "They feel such eternal love for themselves because of who they are," she says. "What they are celebrating is the freedom that love can bring."
However you decide to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, Dr. Robin encourages you to do it in a way that makes this a day of true love—something real, something grounded, something firm and something that can carry you through the rest of your life. "Allow yourself to have a fresh encounter with the real thing, which is real, authentic love," she says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013