All You Need Is Love

Contrary to popular opinion, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Despite all of the consumerism and overall panic that surrounds the holiday, to me, it’s always been one of the best times of the year. Valentine’s Day is a whole day that we dedicate to celebrating all kinds of love: love for your family, your friends, your partner and most importantly, yourself. It’s a day to look around and realize how many people appreciate and support you. Even though it’s one of the most dreaded holidays, I for one, am a huge fan of having another excuse to thank the people I care about. This year, I made my roommate pancakes to show her how much I appreciate her. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite random acts of kindness that you can use to spread some love next time February 14th rolls around.

  • Text someone good morning and send them warm thoughts
  • Write positive sticky notes and leave them around your room or apartment as friendly reminders
  • Pay for someone’s CTA commute (someone did this for me and it was the sweetest gesture)
  • Send some flowers to friends that you haven’t seen in a while
  • Smile at a stranger on public transit, just because
  • Pay for the person behind you at Starbucks
  • Leave a generous tip and a thank you note at for the server at your next meal
  • Write and mail a letter to a family member or close friend
  • Practice gratitude by allowing yourself a few moments in your day to reflect on all of the wonderful things you have in your life

I hope that everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day, and I challenge you to spread love any way you can next February! :)

Song of the Week: Loving Is Easy- Rex Orange County

 
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