Ways to Show Love
Valentine’s Day puts love at the forefront of all our minds. Where before we may not have given much thought to those four little letters, the month of February makes it hard to ignore them (especially with all the hearts and pink lining store shelves!). But love is one of those things we shouldn’t think about only one day or month a year. Love is something we should actively be doing all the time! And, yes, you read that right: love is active, not a feeling that arbitrarily passes in and out of our lives. Showing love to a spouse, friend, or family member doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture, either. It can be something as simple as just listening to someone. Read on for more ways on how you can show love to someone daily.
We all know how to talk, but truly listening to someone is a gift. When you slow down and really pay attention to what another person is telling you (and not trying to figure out what you’re going to say once they’re finished talking), that person feels heard and that you take seriously what they’re saying. By giving them the floor, you’re putting the focus on them and taking it off of you – and that speaks volumes.
Do little acts of kindness
Whether it’s helping a stressed-out friend make her day a bit easier, or paying for the coffee of the person behind you at the Starbucks drive-thru, little gestures of kindness go a long way to show someone you care. And by making someone feel good through your act of kindness, they may feel encouraged to pass it along to someone else by doing little acts of their own.
Just like how I mentioned in my last blog that forgiving yourself is an important way to cultivate self-love, forgiving others is just as powerful. True forgiveness frees you from the grip of anger and resent, and it shows the other person that you’re willing to start fresh (provided that’s the best way to move forward).
Write a letter
In today’s digital world, writing a letter seems to be a lost art. But sending a short note on a card, a postcard, or even sending a full-on letter, shows a person that you care so much you took the time out of your busy day to sit down and handwrite something just for them. It’s special, and it’s a nice break from the bills and junk mail!
Want even more ways to show love? Check out the full list on Psychology.com. And don’t let February be the only month you show someone you care.