With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the holiday and commercial focus centers around romantic love—love between spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends, crushes, fiancés. In recent years, the holiday has also gotten some attention for girls who celebrate their singledom together (coined Galentine's Day). However, Valentine's or Galentine's Day don't have to be solely about romantic love, or lack thereof. They can also be about universal love—love for everyone, no matter your relationship status. We can celebrate love every day by practicing lovingkindness toward others.
Try these 5 simple ways to share your love:
The act of complimenting another person can mean so much and make a great difference in their life. This can be something as simple as telling someone you like their outfit, something they said, or did. There's always something good we can find to appreciate about another person. Try this the next time you're in line at the grocery store.
Leave Little Notes
Take a few moments to write an encouraging note or two on cute stationery, and leave them around town for people to find. (Don't forget to address it "for you" so that the finder knows to open it.) Leave them at the gas pump, at a table in a restaurant, or anywhere people will find it. Remember, it's not about romantic love, it's about sharing love with another person. Wouldn't you love to find a note left for you?
Listen With Your Heart
Listening with your heart means being genuinely interested in what the other person is saying, not interrupting, and releasing judgment. Offer an ear to someone who needs a sounding board. This could be a stranger, or someone you know. It's one of the most precious gifts we can offer by listening, truly listening, when someone needs to be heard. Remember—you don't have to have all the answers to solve their problems, you just have to listen.
Pay It Forward
The next time you're at Starbucks, pay for the person's coffee behind you in line. Or better yet, hand the cashier a $20 to pay for as many people as that will cover. I remember being in the Starbucks drive thru and the cashier told me that the person in front of me had paid for my coffee. That made my day! And it also inspired me to do the same for the person behind me. It's becomes a Pay It Forward train!
Spend Quality Time
One of the most valuable things we can give is our time. Make it a priority to spend quality time with those people who mean the most to you, whether family, friend or love. This doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money. Spend time out in nature, make a picnic, or go for coffee. They will greatly appreciate the gesture.
Share the unique ways have you chosen to show your love to others in the comments!