Tag: Love

Your puppy is your treasure, celebrate them!

Hello, Speak Up London friends. If we asked you to tell us 3 things that everybody loves, what would you answer? Can we take a guess? Puppies are in the top three. Why? Because they are the cutest creatures that ever set foot in the world. Ok, sure, babies will also probably make the top 3, but today it’s all about puppies, since today is National Puppy Day!


Whether or not you have a little fluffy friend, we are pretty sure you know that that kind of bond is unique. Indeed, our little friends help us be happier in so many different ways they really deserve a day to celebrate their cathartic presence in our existence. Do you need some evidence? Keep reading!


Our little furry friends are always ready to comfort us, by bringing us a lot of warmth and happiness. Not only are they cute and keep us company, but they also improve our social life and our health.


First things first, do you remember the Disney movie “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”? Long story short, the Dalmatians’ owners met and fell in love thanks to their pets. Indeed it is proved that owning a pet is a great way to improve your social skills. To be more specific, according to several studies, caring for a pet has positive effects on one’s interaction with their surroundings, within the community they live.


The improvements puppies bring to our lives go further. In fact, the presence of these fun little creatures in our lives have been linked with an increase in the health of their owners. Indeed, having those little cuties around relieves stress and helps improve the heart’s health. This is both connected to the physical exercise that people who own puppies usually do (e.g. walking their dogs), and to the simple interaction between pets and humans.


In other words, it is clear that our little friends play a big role in our well being: they are always present, and being around them makes us healthier and happier. Also, as if the previous elements weren’t enough to state the beneficial effects of living with puppies, it has been proven that owning a pet might help improve one’s emotional health, boosting one’s self-confidence and making them more extroverted. They are cute, they make us better versions of ourselves and they keep us company even in our darkest moments. I think it is fair to say that they really deserve a day dedicated to them. Remember to say thank you to your little furry friends!


On a more serious note, we would like to speak to those who would like to enhance their family with some puppies. Be aware that behind the acquisition of these little creatures there might be the possibility of some circumstances which are of a more sombre nature. Numerous cases of unlicensed breeding facilities have been reported, where puppies are not treated with love and care and not kept in humane conditions. Due to this lack of good health in medical examinations they are taken away from their mothers too early and are considered as a commodity to be sold.  As pet lovers, and as human beings we have the duty to oppose this despicable practice. The best way to do this is by adopting our new friends. Consider adoption first, and rescue your new beloved friend! Happy National Puppy Day, Speak Up London friends.


Maria Chiara Strano


Valentine’s Day

Hello, everybody! Our Speak Up London team is glad to inform you that we are back with another of our blog specials, this time regarding one of the most controversial festivities: Valentine’s Day. But before speaking about the meaning of Valentine’s Day today, we believe it would be beneficial to understand how this celebration started and, more importantly, why this day is dedicated to love.


There are several legends associated with the figure of Saint Valentine, but according to the most popular of them, he was a priest who lived in the territories of the Roman Empire at the time of emperor Claudius II. The Emperor believed that unmarried soldiers were braver than married ones, since they would not have had anyone to be concerned about in the event of their death. As a consequence, the emperor declared it illegal for young men to marry. Then, Saint Valentine, aware of this injustice, ignored the decree and secretly continued to perform marriages for young couples. Once Claudius II discovered this, he formulated his death sentence.


The roots of the Saint Valentine celebration stem from a great demonstration of love and sacrifice, two concepts that are often entwined. And what about our society? What does Valentine’s Day represent for us? There are countless articles claiming that this holiday celebration has been turned into an occasion to glorify consumerism. Think about the massive number of gifts bought, trips booked and restaurants visited. Surely it is not too difficult to become sceptical regarding the true meaning of this festivity if you think about the economic interests behind it.


But, dear Speak Up London students, here is an audacious thought: do flowers, gifts or meals at restaurants cancel the feelings that provoke these actions only because they all involve economic factors? We don’t think so. In an age when it is easy to find rotten aspects of all our lives, we believe people should also find the time to rediscover the beauty of life and, we are sure you can all agree on this point, love plays an important role in the definition of that beauty. Therefore, it is necessary to have a day to remind us how to love, and how crucial love is in our lives. It doesn’t matter if to do so we need to spend money on presents or we just need to see the people we love: love needs to be celebrated, regardless how we do it.


Therefore, dear friends, think about the ways to display your love to your loved ones, and remember that Valentine’s Day is a great occasion to do so, not only for its meaningful origin but also because we all deserve and need to celebrate the noblest of feelings, love.


Maria Chiara Strano