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It’s a scene that always comes to my mind when I think of Valentine’s Day: the opening minutes of the movie ‘Love Actually‘ that were shot at the Arrivals Hall of Heathrow Airport. The scene of people, faces filled with joy, greeting each other with a warm embrace never fails to move me. It’s one of my favourite opening scenes because it always reminds me of my loved ones and the joy of being back in their company after a period of travel.

The scene also reminds me of the importance of showing our loved ones how much they mean to us and why. A hug, kiss, candy or flowers go some way in showing our appreciation but nothing means more than our own words.

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This Valentine’s Day, grab a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the reasons you love that special someone.

I love you because…

There are many cards you can buy at a store that can appropriately express your feelings but it will mean so much more if those words came from you, in your handwriting. Then share a glass of wine with your loved one, light a candle and read your note out loud. Here’s a toast to love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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