The roses, chocolates and oversized teddy bears are all signs that Valentine’s Day is here. And for those of us who have aged out of the “Everyone at school passes out a Valentine to everybody” version—essentially, the “No Child Left Behind” of holidays—Valentine’s Day has become synonymous with celebrating the romance in our lives.

The Root spoke to several people on how we can take the pressure off those 24 hours and celebrate “everyday love” and the recurring moments that make up all the love in our lives, including families, marriage, love of self and platonic friends. Everyday love is expansive and allows us to make room and cherish romantic love, families, friendships and self-love.

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