As we approach Valentines Day we are thinking a lot about love - in all its forms. Over the last few years there has been an overload of the term “self love”, relating to the fact that in this fast paced modern hectic lifestyle, people have been losing themselves. “I” has dropped down and down the priority list so that you are left somewhere between cat and the online food shop, and that is not a fun place to reside. Thankfully the world as a whole seems to have noted this, as it is happening to all of us, in a lot of places - and so there have been so many helpful hints and tips, showing us how to befriend and value ourselves again.
At GreenUs we wholeheartedly believe that self-love is important, that goes without saying. But we also believe that indiscriminate love for all is where it’s at. We need big hearts to make a difference to the world as a whole. And this needn’t feel overwhelming. You may ask yourself “How can I help? What can I really do?” well, it can all start with a smile, in your own back garden (so to speak, or literally if you see your neighbour crying into the lawn mower).
Each time you smile your brain feels really happy. ... When a smile flashes across your face; dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released into your bloodstream, making not only your body relax but also work to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. The effects of smiling on the nervous system and facial muscles are extreme - and they are contagious, not only helping to uplift those around us (as well as ourselves) but also take us into the part of our nervous system that is responsible for the rest and digest. Calming and bringing about balance.
Our modern-day lifestyle promotes our living in a chronic condition of stress and subject to an increasing array of environmental toxins. But through smiling, feeling positive and feeding yourself a diet of uplifting emotions such as love, appreciating and compassion you will signal your nervous system to relax and promote an internal environment of peace and harmony. If you also behave this way towards others then this will also feed their souls. We all have that choice - we can consciously choose to influence our mind and emotions with positive, happy, life-affirming messages.
You can also start to think about projects that do multiple things. This is one our founding principles. We wanted to provide products at affordable prices that positively nourish and uplift your lives, whilst AT THE SAME TIME doing this for others. We achieve this through directing all profits to deliver intervention projects that tackle isolation and help those recovering from a long term condition.
So ~ that’s it from us! Help us to spread love to all this Valentine’s Day, and remember, it can all start with just a smile :-)