Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us in the New Year and never fails to ignite a plethora of emotions in people. For some, it’s a day of celebrating their significant other, family, best friend, or whomever else they may have love for. Others humorously refer to V-Day as “Singles Awareness Day” and enjoy a cynical take on what they deem as the “Hallmark Holiday.” Some people are just indifferent and might enjoy receiving something, but don’t particularly go out of their way to participate in the festivities. In other words, we are all over the place when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but no matter where you fall on the spectrum I think we can all agree that some of the themes presented on those little heart candies are worth celebrating.

One of the most important reminders Valentine’s Day brings is to practice the act of self-love. Most of us often spend so much time worrying about other people in our lives, we seldom take the time to appreciate and enjoy ourselves. So whether you feel as though V-Day is a painful and ridiculous holiday, or you enjoy a big box of chocolates from your partner, why not reclaim the day anyway and make it all about you? In honor of V-Day we’ve created a list of our favorite Beyond Words titles that inspire self-love, moving on, and looking forward!

Thriving After Divorce: Transforming Your Life When a Relationship Ends by Tonja Evetts Weimer.

At some point, most everyone has been through a grueling long-term relationship break-up, but have no fear because author Tonja Evetts Weimer is here for you with her book Thriving After Divorce. It’s an excellent and powerful read on navigating the challenging life transitions that arise from the breaking of one of our most defining partnerships. It was also the winner of The National Best Books 2010 Award in the Self-Help: Relationships Category for a reason!

The end of a significant relationship has the potential to create a powerful change in one’s life, daily habits, and even in one’s personal identity. In Thriving After Divorce, author and relationship coach Tonja Weimer offers readers a grounded approach to growing through these challenges.

Dating from the Inside Out: How to Use the Law of Attraction in Matters of the Heart by Paulette Sherman, Ph.D

Each of us deserves to love and be loved in return. How can you find real, deep, and lasting love in a world that appears so superficial? Rather than looking at the world of dating like an obstacle course to be conquered, Dr. Paulette Kouffman Sherman shows that it can become an enlightening journey toward love that begins from within.

Dr. Sherman shows how we can become the partner we wish to attract, and asserts that anyone can learn how to truly let go of their past, embrace the present, and use the Law of Attraction to draw in a partner who is perfect for who you are—without pretending to be someone you're not.

Elemental Love Styles: Find Compatibility and Create a Lasting Relationship by Dr. Craig Martin

This book is meant to open your eyes regarding the kind of relationship you have with yourself.  It’s all about self-discovery and personal growth!

Every day, millions of people turn to books, online dating sites, and marriage counselors with one goal in mind: to find—and keep—the romantic partner of their dreams. In Elemental Love Styles, counselor, astrologer, and interfaith minister Dr. Craig Martin gives readers the tools to identify and work with their unique roles and desires—and maximize their romantic relationships as a result.

By understanding our deeper needs for love, we can develop our strengths in any partnership, and find and nurture the spark that leads to long-term love. Regardless of who we are or what kind of relationship we desire, Elemental Love Styles affirms that we each have the opportunity to develop real, authentic relationships.

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