10 Ways to Spread the Love on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a day to show the one you love, extra love. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for those that are in an intimate relationship, it can be a day for everyone. Here is a list of the different ways you can spread the love on Valentine’s Day to your friends, co-workers and fellow neighbors.
1.Send an anonymous valentine
-Surprise the unexpected recipient with a valentine card that has an encouraging note or a funny joke. You could even make your own valentine.
2. Donate- time, money or support
-Consider donating time to your local animal shelter by walking the dogs or playing with the cats
-Donate money to a local food bank.
3. Make your own bouquet
–Take the extra time to make your own bouquet of flowers instead of purchasing one. The effort will be recognized and cherished.
4. Hand out individual chocolates
– Keep a bag of individually wrapped chocolates on hand to give to another. Maybe someone is having a bad day, or even a good day. Surprise them with a sweet treat and a smile to help brighten their day. If you want to take it a bit further and be conscious of those with nut allergies, here is a list of nut free options. You could even buy organic!
5. Love the Earth
-Sign up for your local cleanup day at the park or beach
-Pick up trash when you see it
-Recycle when you can
6. Decorate your space
– Cut out cute little hearts from craft paper and place them in your front window at home, or on the walls of your cubicle, or inside your car windows.
7. Random acts of kindness
-Mow your next-door neighbor’s lawn
-Hold the door open for others
-Offer someone to go in front of you in line at the grocery store
8. Words of affirmation
-Say things to others such as:
“I enjoy working with you”, “Your smile is contagious” or “I admire the way you…”
9. Offer to make a meal
–Consider offering to make dinner, or even lunch, for someone outside or your daily routine- like your grandma, distant cousin, or neighbor. Here are two recipes for dinner and lunch to get you started.
10. Love yourself
–Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can be about loving you as well.
-Recognize your achievements
-Pamper yourself with a spa treatment or your favorite activity
-Take a moment to look in the mirror and smile at your wonderful self!
Use this day to spread love all around. The response will be well worth your while.
Sarah Del Buono