Work and Life
How to Make This Your Best Love Month Ever
Written by: Akua Hinds
February 12, 2021
Love is in the air, and it needs to be celebrated! As we enjoy the days that remain of Love Month (February), we should seek out every opportunity to go the extra mile in terms of showing love and appreciation to ourselves and to others. Of course, we should be celebrating love each and every day, but the month of February and especially, the 14th day of February when we observe Valentine’s Day, is when the majority of people worldwide choose to express warm and heartfelt sentiments of love. Are you unsure about what you can do to make Love Month extra special? Well, you have a heartbeat and whether you know it or not, you are a pivotal part of the universe. Here are some ways that you can do your part to make this time of year especially great for yourself and for someone else:
Send a Nice Message to Someone
I am an email subscriber of an email newsletter issued by a woman who is a top educator in the province of Ontario. In her recent email newsletter, this educator had shared that one of her relatives overseas had passed away suddenly a few days ago after contracting the coronavirus. I usually read this lady’s emails and enjoy the content without replying, but I felt the need today to reply to the email and express my deep condolences to her for the loss of her family member. I received a nice reply back from her letting me know she appreciated my email. We may not always know everything that is happening in the lives of those who we come in contact with, but I guarantee that initiating and sending a nice message to someone expressing your interest in their life will be much appreciated by them.
Don’t you enjoy being treated with respect? I think everyone does. Just think of the positive example that you will set when you behave in a mannerly way! We live in a society in which anything goes and formal etiquette is not enforced everywhere. However, you will never regret being polite whenever possible. As you look back on your life and you remember your life’s moments, do you want to smile, or do you want to cringe? You will have more to smile about and feel proud about when you remember the times when you behaved politely and respectfully.
Sharing food is a beautiful way to share love and respect. You can cook a meal for a loved one, give your friend or family member a gift card to use at their favourite restaurant, and even order food delivery for them. Many special events and moments are celebrated over a meal. Celebrations with food create special bonds and memories that cannot be replaced. Share a meal, laughs, and fellowship with others to fill the day with love.
Gifts and Compliments
Blessing someone with a gift does not need to be overly grandiose or complicated. Even giving a friend or relative a gift as simple as buying a hot chocolate is a sweet thing to do. I have an aunt who lives close to my place, and from time to time, my aunt will surprise me with a telephone call letting me know that she made me a special meal (without me asking for it), and that I can drive over and pick it up from her place. While I drive the short distance to my aunt’s place during those times, I’m super thankful to be receiving such a special (and delicious) gift! Other times, I’ll receive kind surprise gifts like free tea, hot chocolate, and souvenirs from friends. Even a sweet compliment is a beautiful gift that you can give to someone.
Showing that you truly care is the best gift that you can give to another person. Get into the habit of showing care, interest, and appreciation every day to make this Love Month and every month one filled with beautiful moments for you and for the people who you come in contact with.