SOURCE: The Option Institute

January 14, 2008 10:58 ET

For Your Happiest Valentine's Day Ever, Try Five Radical Steps

Founders of The Option Institute Say Make It the First Day of an Extraordinary Life

SHEFFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - Put love, compassion and insight back into Valentine's Day, say Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. The Kaufmans founded The Option Institute™ international learning and training center ( They encourage everyone in a relationship to try five radical ways to make this Valentine's Day the first step in living an extraordinary life:

1) When you awake on Valentine's Day, get out of the bed and give your honey a sincere standing ovation.

2) Take the blame finger you use to point at your partner and keep it in your pocket all day (you can do it).

3) Ask for nothing the entire day (no flowers, no jewels, no candy -- zero). Just do "service" to be helpful and supportive in every way you can.

4) Commit to changing one belief and one behavior that will enhance your relationship.

5) Behave with 100 percent authenticity all day. Do it with love and kindness. And make sure it includes owning your own "stuff."


6) Don't require that you be perfect, better, smarter, prettier, or handsomer on Valentine's Day. Just be you. Invite your partner to do the same for the best Valentine's Day of your life.

Media: To arrange a time to talk with the engaging, passionate Bears and Samahria Kaufman, email or call 617-688-3253.

About The Option Institute

The Option Institute is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1983 by Barry (Bears) Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman. Each year thousands of people from around the world visit The Option Institute's 100-acre campus. Our innovative programs help individuals clarify their personal vision, choose the life they desire, ignite their passion and brilliance, unleash their potential, and begin living extraordinary lives. Bears Kaufman is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books on The Option Process® and The Son-Rise Program® for autism education and treatment. His books have been printed in 22 languages and over 65 countries. Visit

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