30 Sep 15 Effortless Ways to Show Your Love on National Love People Day
It’s something that’s understood universally. It’s something that everybody desires, but something you can never have too much of. And it’s something everyone is entitled to.
What is love exactly?
Love is simple. Love is kind. Love is understanding. Love is patient.
Love is what fuels people to do good in this world. It is the driving force behind every good thing there is. When you see an older gentleman holding the door open for a stranger, that’s love. When you see a mother staying up late with her child to help him on his school project, that’s love. When you see your neighbor bringing dinner to a family who is struggling, that’s love.
In a world filled with violence and hatred, love is key to bringing tolerance, acceptance, compassion, and positivity to those around you.
It begs the question…Is there less love on the earth than there was ten years ago? Fifty years ago? A century ago? Does the busy-ness of life get in the way and distract us from what truly matters? Are we so buried in our smartphones or our own personal lives, that we fail to see that there are those around us begging, no–pleading, for just one ounce of love?
National Love People Day was first introduced in 2017 and is held annually on September 30. The purpose of this day is to love everyone without any exceptions. This means regardless of race, gender, your past history with someone, or any other excuse people may throw out there. National Love People Day helps us each focus on showing everyone unconditional love.
Love encompasses a range of powerful and beneficial emotional and mental states, from the most glorious virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection, and to the simplest pleasure.
When it comes to love, you can never give too much of it. And studies show that’s a good thing. Those who show their love are more likely to live longer, healthier, and happier lives. This is in part due to the oxytocin, or the “love hormone” that is released when you love, help, or even hug someone. Oxytocin enhances your mood and your overall well-being.
Showing affection or love doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Sometimes, love in its simplest, purest form is the most genuine. Try these ideas to help you celebrate:
- Give your undivided attention when he/she talks to you. Keep eye contact and really listen.
- Learn his/her “love language” (physical contact, service, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, etc) and do something in their language that they would appreciate.
- Schedule time to do a hobby that your partner loves.
- Give each child an “8 second hug,” at least five times throughout the day.
- Allow your child to stay awake 15 minutes past bedtime so you can spend quality time together talking about their day.
- Share with them some of their best characteristics and qualities.
- Take a few minutes to phone someone or visit with them. Make them feel important and needed.
- Offer a specific service when you see they need help. (For example, if she is feeling overwhelmed, offer to babysit her kids, or pick them up from practice.)
- Surprise your friend with her favorite treat.
- Volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or school.
- Donate to a cause you are passionate about, or send a military care package.
- Smile or wave to strangers you pass by at the grocery store.
- Take time to yourself for some self-care. (A massage, bubble bath, or watching your favorite show).
- Write down five positive traits about yourself for a whole week.
- Look at yourself in the mirror and identify the features you love about yourself.
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