February Happiness Project: Give Love
February’s theme for blackgirlgrown’s 2010 Happiness Project is LOVE. Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin notes that the more love in your life, the happier you are. This is in no means limited to romantic love. It is the love of family, friends, children, coworkers, and mankind.
A French proverb that I’ve quoted a million times is “There is no such thing as love, there are only proofs of love.” Which I take to mean that I shouldn’t march around claiming to feel love, but instead must show my love through actions.
The concept reminds me of a song by one of my favorite artists of all time, Stevie Wonder. Stevie’s “Love’s in Need,” gives us clear marching orders on why it is important to give love.
What I’m about to say could mean the world’s disasterCould change your joy and laughter to tears and pain
It’s that love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay, send yours in right away
So February’s challenge is to give love, show kindness, and make sure those around you know that they are appreciated. While we may feel love, it is our words and deeds that communicate it.
This can’t be something that we save for a special day (e.g. Valentine’s Day, birthdays, etc). What we do every day matters more than what we do once in awhile.
So how will you give love? It can be as simple as a thank you note, a kind word, or a hug.