I think it’s safe to say that the world is in need of a major group hug. It can feel like negativity is everywhere at times and it’s hard to escape this seemingly never ending flow of pessimism when it constantly surrounds us. And this can be difficult. It can make us feel like the earth is a dark place and that all of the good has been drained from it. It can make us feel like crawling under our covers and not ever peeking our heads back out again. But I’m going to be honest. Hiding under covers may have helped stopped the monsters under your bed when you were little, but it’s not going to do anything to help the world now. The world needs your light. It needs your bright smile and your helping hands and your warm heart. It doesn’t need another person to be swallowed into dark covers.
So start today. Valentine’s Day seems like the perfect day to begin to spread a little extra love all year around.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~Mother Theresa
Tell your family that you love them. Leave a happy note for your friend. Buy flowers for your neighbor. Sometimes people need to know that they’re appreciated and loved, because this can be an easy fact to forget.
Smile at strangers on the street. Wait those awkward couple of seconds to hold the door open for someone. Offer to help carry the groceries that someone is struggling with. Sometimes a little love from a stranger can restore someone’s faith in human kindness.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Donate old clothes and jackets to a clothing drive. Raise money and give your time to a charity. Sometimes anonymous acts of kindness can help a person out more than you think.
Kindness and love can start chain reactions. You don’t have to make a grand gesture to change the world. Starting small can inspire others to start small too. And then guess what? If the whole world starts small, then it’s not such a small act anymore is it?
This is a reminder that you are loved and that the world really isn’t all that bad.
Happy Love Day.