Everyone on this earth wants, craves, and needs love to survive. Love is an amazing creation: the supply of love that you have to give is infinitely increased the more love that you give out. When you fill other’s buckets with love, that love is poured in to your bucket in limitless amounts. Love attracts love, and in today’s society we can all stand to give love to those around us.
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What are some ways you can share love to others?
Love yourself first!
Loving yourself and self-love is the foundation of creating a loving persona. Make sure you take the time and energy to treat yourself to special indulgences, as well as give yourself kind words. Look in the mirror each day and recite a positive affirmation or two to yourself. It sounds silly but it can make a huge difference in how you feel and act for the rest of the day.
You can also treat yourself to an indulgence just for you, like a Stitch Fix box or some jewelry pieces from Stella and Dot. Buying something for yourself is a great way to give yourself a small treat and show yourself some self-love!
You can read my review of Stitch Fix here to see what I loved and learned from my Stitch Fix experience.
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Become known for a positive saying
Recently, I noticed that one of my good friends always told everyone to “Have a lovely day!” I thought it was such a nice message that was unexpected by the mailman or the barista serving coffee. I have decided to adopt my own saying and make a point to wish anyone who helps or serves me to “Have a great day!” before they have a chance to tell me that on autopilot. It helps to show a little bit of love and gratitude, and I hope makes their day a little brighter.
If you like this idea, try making it one of your personal commandments. I love the idea of writing a set of personal commandments to guide your life by. You can read my list of commandments and see how to create a list for yourself in my post on it here.
Give genuine compliments
Take a few minutes out of your day to give those around you genuine compliments. Drop a quick note or e-mail congratulating someone on a recent achievement. Tell your partner how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them.
My favorite happiness guru, Gretchen Rubin, LOVES receiving and giving what she calls gold stars. You can read my review of her book (the one that inspired my blog!) The Happiness Project here, or purchase a copy for yourself via the link below.
Provide acts of service
Acts of service can help serve your friends, family, spouse, or the great community. Run an errand for someone that you know is having a busy day. Offer to pick up a coffee or treat for a co-worker who is having a tough day. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter or youth group to make a difference.
This and the idea above are both two of the love languages discussed in the book The Five Love Languages. The 5 love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, and quality time. If you haven’t read it, I recommend purchasing the book on Amazon and reading it. There is a quiz in the back where you can determine your love language, and it is helpful to have your partner or other loved ones take it as well!
Knowing your love language and the love languages of those around you can help you figure out the best way to show them love. Most people give love the way they like to receive love, even though this might not be what the other person desires. Understanding the Five Love Languages helps you understand someone else’s perspective so much better. It is a must read for all types of love!
Smile at a stranger
Never underestimate the power of smile! Simply focusing on walking around with a smile on your face not only makes others feel warm and welcome, it actually makes you feel better too. It takes more energy and more muscles to frown, so work on having a cheery disposition and a bright smile on your face, especially when interacting with new faces.
Need a reason to start smiling? Check out these 21 ways to be a littler happier today or the 7 things that happy people do every single day (spoiler alert: one of them is smiling and laughing more!)
I hope that this gives you some easy ways to give love and that you in turn receive nothing but love! Spreading love and positivity is the key to making this world a better place. Remember that the supply of love you have is endless: the more love you give, the more love is given to you and that you have to give to others. The supply is endless! I guess what they say is true: love makes the world go ’round.