What Can You Do Today To Bring More Love Into the World?
Following are some tips and ideas that we have gathered to help you find practical, simple ways to promote love, peace, compassion and kindness and to be an inspiration for others to do the same:
SMILE! Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Smiling has many positive effects, including lower stress, improved mood, natural pain relief, extending life, appearing more confident, and many more. The best part is that these benefits are contagious! Smile at someone and chances are they will smile back - then they reap the same rewards! For more about the benefits of smiling, check out this article from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile.
- TAKE A HIKE! Spending time in nature has been proven to help both our physical and mental health. But more importantly, it helps create a connection and appreciation for all that the earth provides for us. The next time you observe a tree or plant, consider the amazing symbiotic relationship we have with nature. They exhale what we need to survive (oxygen) and we exhale what they need to survive (carbon dioxide). Nurturing love toward nature will help us in preserving her resources and creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come. Learn more about the health benefits at: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/7-amazing-health-benefits-walking-the-woods-you-probably-dont-know.html
- PRACTICE GRATITUDE: Starting and/or ending your day by giving thanks for what you have can change your life. According to a Forbes article, there are seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude, including improvements to physical and mental health, better sleep, improved self-esteem, increases in mental strength, better relationships, enhances empathy and reduces aggression. You can start today by creating a journal and writing down five things you are grateful for. Do this every day. For more on the benefits of gratitude, please visit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amymorin/2014/11/23/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-of-gratitude-that-will-motivate-you-to-give-thanks-year-round/#2c737aea183c.
- BE MINDFUL: Mindfulness is a popular word these days. It can mean a lot of things, from meditation to simple preset moment awareness. One of the greatest threats to our peace of mind is obsessive worry about the future and regrets about the past. Of course neither one of these is real. Only the present moment is real. The more we can bring our attention to the present by creating gaps in negative thinking, the more peace we bring into our lives. The benefits of mindfulness have been documented for decades, and it's completely free! Just a few of these benefits include: decreased stress, enhanced ability to deal with illness, decrease in depression, and improved general health. To read more about these benefits, please check out this link: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/benefits-of-mindfulness/#benefits-mindfulness
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