I’ll be the first one to admit, these dreary winter months really make me blue. It’s usually around this time of year that I start craving warmer weather and sunshine, even though I know I have awhile to wait. So I thought to myself, February is supposed to be the month of love right? Instead of dreaming about white, sandy beaches and billowing palm trees, why don’t I focus on making the most of my time right now by spreading love and positivity to those around me? My February challenge to myself and to my readers is to really try to live in the moment and make the most of this month. Since Valentine’s Day is only 10 days away, here are 10 Ways To Spread Love This February:
1. Think Positively
We all have those days where it seems like nothing is going right. It’s easy to get down on ourselves and just accept the fact that the rest of the day is going to be bad as well. By allowing ourselves to think negatively, we often forget to see the positivity in situations. The way we talk to ourselves translates into the way we talk to others. Try to find positivity in seemingly unfortunate situations, think kindly of yourself, think and speak kindly of others, and you’re bound to turn your bad day around.
2. Reach Out To a Friend
Maybe it’s a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, or just a friend in need, but either way, reconnecting with friends is always a sure-fire way to improve your day – and hopefully their’s too. Shooting them a “thinking of you” message is a simple way to start your day off on a positive note.
3. Say “Thank you”
People are constantly doing little favors for each other throughout the day, whether it’s holding open a door, picking up a dropped pen, or letting cars merge into a lane, there are always things to be thankful for. Remember to acknowledge others when they do you a favor, as it is gratifying to them, and don’t forget to do favors for others as well. Simple courtesies throughout the day can make all the difference.
This is probably the easiest way to spread love this season. Just smile. It’s a simple way to make someone else’s day, and let’s face it, the more we smile, the happier we feel!
5. Compliment someone
This is another really easy way to make someone’s day. We compliment people in our heads all the time with thoughts like, “Oh, I really like her shoes!” or “What a cute purse!”, so when one of these thoughts come to your head, just say it out loud! See? Simple.
6. Pay It Forward
Not too long ago, I pulled up to the drive through window at Dunkin’ Donuts for my morning coffee when the woman working told me that the man ahead of me had paid for my coffee. Let me tell you, I was in the greatest mood for the rest of the day. I couldn’t stop smiling – not because I saved a few bucks – but because I was so surprised that someone went out of their way to do that. Now, when I get the chance, I do the same. I challenge you to try it too if you haven’t already. Paying it forward really makes you feel like you are making a difference in someone else’s day.
7. Get Crafty With V-Day Gifts
Look up some DIY ideas, write a love note, whip out the glitter and go all out. Making a gift with your own two hands adds a sentimental value that just can’t be bought (even if you do get glitter glue everywhere 🙂 )
8. Help Someone
Go out of your way to help someone who is struggling. Maybe it’s someone who looks lost – offer them directions. Maybe it’s someone who dropped their books – help pick them up. It’s sad how often I witness people facing small struggles throughout the day with people around who don’t offer to help. Be the person that offers to help.
9. Post Something Inspiring
I’m sure I’m not the only one who goes on social media only to be swamped with negativity and drama. It’s an instant down buzz on my mood. Try posting an inspirational quote or story that means something to you, and who knows, it might be just the thing that someone else out there needed to see that day.
10. Remind Someone You Love How Much They Mean to You
This one seems kind of obvious, but it is often most forgotten. We tend to take the one we love for granted and we forget to thank them for all that they do. We assume that since we know they are such awesome and amazing people, that they know it too, but sometimes they need to hear it. Remind your loved ones how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. It’s something we should all do more often.
Sometimes we all need a little reminder that every day we have is a new opportunity to do something great, so I’m challenging myself and you to start each day ready to follow our passion, explore, and spread love.
xo, simply jess