It's February and that means that love is on our minds!
So here are my best 4 tips for giving more love this month.
1. Give Thanks
Sometimes we get wrapped up in the grand gestures of love. Still, one of the best forms of love I feel we can give and receive is gratitude. Also, when we say thank you, the people we say it to feel more love from us.
When was the last time you thanked your partner for “folding the laundry,” “making dinner,” or taking the little(s) to school? Or your little(s) for doing their homework without prompting, drawing you a picture because they missed you, or making their bed with extra care? Or finally, a team member or co-worker for getting the work done a bit earlier this week or on time!
Yay to all of you who said “all the time.” I am sure you are experiencing the power of the law of attraction and the law of gratitude and getting more of what you are being grateful for!
To all of you reading who are in the “not very often” category, try it for a week and see how much better your week will be.
2. Acknowledge your own “Wins” every week.
When we are happy with ourselves and satisfied with our progress, we simply are more loving to others. We are happier, more energetic, and more available for everyone in our lives.
Make it a weekly practice to acknowledge at least 5 wins for your week. What did you set out and accomplish this week, month, or year? Taking the time to acknowledge what you did well really makes a difference in your perspective of how life is going, too.
3. Yes, Give. – And in the way that is best received.
In Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, he states that we all have a primary and sometimes a secondary love language. They are one of the following:
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
When we are giving love to someone else, we need to give in the way that they want to receive it. Take time to think about the people that are most important to you and how they receive love and then give it to them accordingly. Not sure what that may be? Have them take a quiz.
No, this isn’t just for your intimate relationships. Think about your kids, friends, and even your team members. I.E. If one of your team members has physical touch as their top love language, reward them with a massage when they hit their quota at work!
4. Love Yourself
What do you do to show love for yourself?
I believe that in each of our weekly practices, we should do at least 3 things for ourselves that we love. This could be a fun exercise class, dance, yoga, meditation, lunch with a bestie, or a night out! Whatever it is, we should consciously and consistently do things that we love.
I am a huge advocate of this and I have small daily practices I do ( like meditating,) weekly practices, ( gym, salsa, yoga, and golf,) monthly practices (at least one lunch or drink with a friend,) and even yearly practices (our upcoming pilgrimage to Mexico.)
My challenge to you is to find one small thing you can include 3x a week for at least 20 minutes that brings you joy and happiness.
Yes, love is about giving. And we know that when we give to others and ourselves, then it is automatically returned to us!
I am so grateful to all of you for being in my world and showing me love in so many different ways. Happy February and Happy Month of Love!
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Written by MerriLyn Gibbs