Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Today is a day of love and kindness, friendship, romance. It’s a day that some call wonderful and others hate. I myself have called it “Stupid Cupid” day more than once. I realized I was looking at it wrong. Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about having someone love you….you can make it about what makes your heart feel happy. Acts of love and acts of kindness make my heart happy, and so that’s what I have chosen for Valentine’s Day to mean to me. I’ve been the recipient of so much love and kindness in my almost 39 years, and I hope that I’ve passed some along to others.
One easy way to spread love and kindness is a simple phone call. A simple “Hey! I was thinking about you today!” can really make someone’s whole day brighter. So can a quick handwritten note. There’s just something about picking up the phone to a friendly voice that does the heart some good.
When friends or family are sick, offering to pick medications or items they may need at the store is a simple act of kindness. If the family has the flu, some chicken soup, ginger ale, and some Kleenex would be so appreciated- and doesn’t cost a lot of money. Spread a little love by sending a Kleenex Care Pack to someone you know who is sick or in need.
Smiling at that mom who looks like she’s going to fall over from exhaustion and her kids are “done” at the store but she still has to pay for her groceries. Telling her kids a joke to distract them from the wait.
Holding the door for a stranger. Paying for the coffee of the person behind you. Passing out $5 bills at a grocery store. There are a billion ways to do acts of kindness. When you stop to think about it, it’s pretty amazing what gifts we are all able to give without spending a single cent.
This may seem a little weird to talk about today, on Valentine’s Day, but I think that the events of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT and so many things that have happened afterwards are a truly amazing testament to acts of love and kindness. The very instant the horrible, the unthinkable began, the love and kindness also began. Yes, the shooter wreaked havoc and yes he robbed 27 people of their lives, but in doing so, he also created an outpouring of love and kindness. Think about it. The staff who thought only of the children in their care. The first responders. The second responders. The third…the waves of folks who came to help. This quote that went viral from Mr. Rogers says so much.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
What did we all do as we learned about Sandy Hook? We prayed. We reached out. We spent a little more time with our own loved ones. We wrote letters to our representatives. We were a little kinder to our neighbors, to people in stores. We wept and grieved and came together to share in that- hoping that one of our own tears falling might, just for a moment, ease the pain of just one of those parents from Sandy Hook. We loved together. We sent bears. We sent flowers, and cards, and money. We sent our pets, our friends, our friends on motorcycles. We sent our neighbors and our firemen and our police officers. We sent love and kindness where it was needed most. We did random acts of kindness. We hugged our neighbors…we prayed together, we wept together, we have begun the road to healing together.
So many police officers from other places went to Newtown so that their police officers could have some respite. They went in the cold and in the rain. In the middle of the unspeakable grief this town was living with, they opened their doors and brought hot coffee to officers. They put pins on their lapels and said “thank you.” They’ve sent thank you notes and even Valentines to the departments who came to help – my friend shared an image of one of them on Facebook. It made my heart happy, and I think of how it must have made the kids in Newtown happy to be able to give something to someone else again.
For me, some of the biggest acts of love and kindness have been directly from the families- little Ana Marquez-Greene’s parents who continually and deliberately choose love, and ask others to do the same. Daniel Barden’s parents ask “What would Daniel Do?” and share of Daniel’s love and kindness in his short life. There have been foundations and donations and animal rescues and there have been so many other ways that these families have been able to spread a little love and kindness. If they can take an unspeakable tragedy and find a way to spread love and kindness from it, so can we.
Today marks 2 months since the events at Sandy Hook. 2 months since acts of love and kindness “went viral” and I hope that this continues. So I challenge myself, and I challenge you- what acts of love and kindness will YOU do today?
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kleenex via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kleenex
What a great idea to show an act of kindness! now it gives me an idea on what I will give to the less fortunate kids living here in our place.
Paul Tomosoiu says
delicious… and i think there are made with LOVE!
Caitlan Meador says
I love this…no matter how big or small the action is, one act of kindness really can make a difference 🙂
Dandi D says
Such great thoughts! Spreading love is a great thing to practice!
Yeah, some days are easier than others to reach out. It is important.
eileen Marie says
I definitely tried to reach out to those that might not be feeling the love on Vday. Hubs & I ordered pizza in w/ my little sister last night, & my BFF & I shared a meal out on Thursday. (Hubs & I will celebrate w/ a romantic dinner out tonight.)
I definitely think showing love or being charitable or expressing gratitude will ultimately not just help the other person, but the giver as well.
These are great ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Catherine S says
It’s just too easy to get all negative. Let Grumpycat do that for you … and let’s spread the love!
Love grumpy cat!
I think that Valentine’s Day shouldn’t just be about couples and such as much as it should be the unity and kindness shown to every single person.
RANDY FULGHAM says
I SPREAD LOVE EVERY DAY BECAUSE I AM JUST LOVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lol! Great outlook!
well today i had to wiat for the last delivery for the flower and then the bear beacuse ia m sick again he had to tlel the guy who i was
Wendy T says
Every single day I do this at the school I work at. I do it for me actually. I do it so I can feel right with myself or maybe better than right…I don’t know.
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
It is easy to spread a little kindness and it goes such a long way. I’ve got a few ideas in mind for my kids and husband yet today.
Kathy Idol says
It just takes a second to spread a little kindess & love. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!
Maddie K. says
Oh, your little cakes are so adorable. This morning, I went around with some baggies of candy and gave it to a couple of families who don’t really gave much in the way of disposable income. The candy was for the kids for VD day and I left a gift card to the local grocery store for the parents.
How sweet of you <3
Doreen Lamoureux says
Happy Valentine’s Everyone.
I wrote a nice poem for my husband, called a friend who was down and is now up. I am calling my dad later to give him some cheer too. He is not feeling to well these days. I really enjoyed your post. Be back soon 🙂
Beeb Ashcroft says
I really like the idea of using Valentine’s Day as a way of spreading and giving love to everyone. It gets so hyped up as a romantic holiday that it can be a bummer to people who are going through a breakup, etc.
md kennedy says
What a great post – thanks!
Brandi Price says
Love isn’t love til you give it away! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says
It really doesn’t take much for us to look beyond ourselves every now and then, does it? Kindness goes a long, long way.
aww.. so sweet <3
denise smith says
they look really good i would love to try them
These look good.
That’s so sweet. It helps both us and those around us when we spread a little love and kindness.