Celebrate a Whole Month of Love ----Any Month

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Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

— Mother Teresa
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Fill your life and the lives of others with L ♥ V E every day.

Self love, familial love, and love in your community open limitless possibilities for sharing goodness and kindness for a whole month.

It will be another way to set in motion

H.O.W.----Humanity One World, spear-headed by Bill Holland, billybuc, here on HubPages. Making a difference one person at a time.

Reach beyond your family and out into the community. By doing so, you can begin to develop a sense of community within in your family that will be long lasting.

Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.

— Sri Sri Ravu Shankar

The link below gives ideas on how to make each holiday special.

http://pstraubie48.hubpages.com/hub/Christmas-Rewrap-Start-New-Family-Traditions-This-Year




No words I can ever come up with can say it better. "...rest in that place within you that is your true home." When we can do this we are able to move on and truly share our love with others.

Food and blankets for those in need...

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Show love to strangers and those in need of a hug..

♥How does it make you feel when someone opens a door for you as you go in or out of a building, picks up something you drop, helps you carry your packages, smiles at you, greets you in a jovial manner?

It puts another bounce in my step as I hurry along to wherever. It is that special kind of magic that connecting with another can bring.

Sharing that with someone else possibly makes them feel the same way. Just possibly that was a turning point for that person in their day that may have begun badly.

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Think about sharing L♥ve in one of the following ways...

  • Speak to everyone you walk past in a big box store, any store---including those who are stocking shelves and sweeping the floor.
  • Approach the cashier at any store with a smile and a jovial greeting.
  • Leave some food at the food collection point that many grocery stores have.
  • Leave food in the food collection box at your church.
  • Buy non perishable foods and take them to the local Food Banks.
  • Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen.
  • Give blankets and clothing to local shelters
  • For any homeless man or woman along the road, buy a bag of food and a drink to give them once in a while.
  • Have your children make cards and as a family go to a nursing home nearby and give them out. Maybe stay and sing a song or two.
  • You can also have them adopt someone in a nursing home to send little handmade cards to throughout the year and maybe visit once a year.
  • Do something nice for that neighbor who needs a bit of cheer---make cookies and drop off unexpectedly.
  • Volunteer at a local school even if you have no children in school.

There are so many other ways to show the L♥VE. Teach this to your children by doing it....your actions will speak so much louder than your words.

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.

— Barbara de Angelis

Love yourself...

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Self love

For many, self love is a stumbling block. It is easy to find imperfections within ourselves in our personality or our physical appearance. For that reason it is easy to be overly critical of ourselves.

Learning to accept ourselves the way we are and loving who we are is a process. There are some things we can change that will cause us to feel better about ourselves. If you can change something that will make you love yourself more, then do it.

However, having surgery to enlarge the size of body parts may not bring the lasting self love we seek. If you do not love yourself the way you are at this moment, undergoing surgery may not prove the panacea you are seeking Making such a decision will take much soul searching and maybe even counseling before going ahead with a procedure.

It may even be a good idea to speak with others who have had procedures done to see their reaction. Whatever your decision, be certain you choose a medical professional who has a proven track record

The bottom line is love yourself. Recognize your strengths Accept what you consider to be weaknesses . Love the whole you. Changing flaws in ourselves is an evolution and will come over time if we really desire a change.

A few ideas

CUT OUT LITLE HEARTS TO TURN INTO YOUR COUPON BOOKLETS
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These are some coupons adults can give to their significant other.
These are some coupons adults can give to their significant other. | Source
Make some hearts using clip art ...children can write messages on the back.
Make some hearts using clip art ...children can write messages on the back. | Source

Coupon booklets

For coupon booklets:

You can go to the sites provided or you can make your own using cute little hearts you or your children make. There are meny othere sites offering free coupon ideas.
You can make these for your significant other and children can make them for parents.

Try to Repair Broken Familial Relationships

Sometimes things happen in families that cause the families to distance themselves from each other. If there is any way to repair whatever caused this to happen, it would be a way to restore love within your family. I fully acknowledge that sometimes that may seem impossible. Extending an olive branch of some kind may be a way to begin the healing.

Speaking form experience, this can be painful and real closure to whatever caused happened may never come. But at least try to make peace with it. Forgive and move on. You may not be able to forget but forgiving will allow you to move forth.

Two sisters loving my grandson...

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Familial love---kids

Many of us live in our home with at least one other person. Some of us live down the street from our loved ones or across the nation. Regardless of where the family members are, familial love is an essential part of many of our lives.

For one month try to really focus on showing the love. It does not have to be gushing. But it can be going out of your way to show each other how important you feel they are.

The ways to show the l♥ve are endless. Do this as a family.

Kids Can...

Kids can---

♥ Make coupon booklets and give one coupon a day to a loved one. (Some to print are found at

http://www.mommybydaycrafterbynight.com/2012/01/free-printable-valentine-coupon-book.html


http://save.lovetoknow.com/Homemade_Coupons

♥ Get together with siblings and do more of the chores than usual ---without any prompting.

♥ Make little hearts and hang around the house--on mirrors, on switch plates.

♥ Do some chores for a nearby neighbor (with adult supervision of course).

Where is the love?

About the Videio

The video I have included asks that question that we have all been asking...where is the love? It is a thought-provoking upbeat song that mentions some of the concerns we have voiced here on HubPages.

The love is right here...in the hearts and mnds of you and me. We are writing almost daily about how to bring this one world together.

Two in Love Having Fun

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Familial love---Adults #1

Single parents--- do something for Y♥U each day.

Show yourself some love...every day♥♥♥ This is one we often fail to do.


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Maybe choose one of these to do each day:

♥ Set aside some time for a luxurious bath

♥ a cup of your favorite coffee or tea

♥ your favorite soda

♥ some sparkling water

♥ to read a book

♥ to go for a walk or a bike ride

♥ to do something just for Y♥U.

Love-ly Little Family Members...

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Familial love Adults #2

Two parent families...show the love...every day♥♥♥

You may already do some of these things and that means you are showing the L♥ve already.

For this month you can kick it up a notch. Do something unexpected each day.

♥ Write a little note on a cut out heart and put in the lunch box or lunch bag.

♥ Make a special candlelight dinner together...just for you two. Maybe you can prepare it together. Or, switch off...Make it Cook's night off if you are not the one who usually cooks...and you do the food prep and clean up.

♥ Arrange for the two of you to have a date night.

♥ Go for a walk or bike ride together. Have a tandem bike?? What fun that is.

♥ Do things around the house and in the yard together for a change.

♥ Build a fire in an outside pit and sit around and chat.

♥ Make a fire in the fireplace for the two of you to sit by and relax.

♥ Spend time together doing the usual every day things.

♥ Take some time to get to know each other again.

Brotherly Love....

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Familial Love #3

As a family...

♥ Select any of the activities that your whole family can do together and do it.

♥ Do crafts together.

♥ Have game night...take turns choosing the games.

♥ Work on puzzles together.

♥ Have an indoor picnic. Put down blankets and sit on the floor. Everyone helps with prep and clean up.

♥ Have PJ night...everyone wears their favorite pj's---read some favorite stories aloud.


These are just a few of the ways you can pull your family away from the rush rush world for a bit. Enjoy each other's company for a change.

Think up your own ways to show the l♥ve. Brainstorm with our family things you can do that do not cost money but that will be an opportunity to have family time.

You can't be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like royalty.

— unknown

It might just become a habit...

So, you have a month of L♥ve.

A wonderful kind of phenomenon happens as a result.

Little hearts with little messages will keep showing up.

A helping hand when it is unexpected will show up.

Asking to go do some kindness for someone else will happen.

Showing the love will have a ripple effect on you and your family ♥♥♥

© 2013 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Au Fait Certainly giving items that require no refrigeration and ease of opening is always a must. I usually give a small can opener even when I give items that do not require one..

The small cans that can be pulled off are very nice for giving.

Thank you for your thoughtfully detailed comment.

I hope all is good with you and yours ps

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Agree with Peggy W, and I can't say it better. There is one thing I would like to say, however, regarding the bag of food for a homeless person, which I think is a wonderful idea.

One thing people forget, from my experience on this subject, is that homeless people don't usually have refrigerators, microwaves, stoves/ovens, etc. No place to store food, no place to mix frozen concentrate juice and drink an entire pitcher of it, no can opener, etc.

If you're giving a bag of food to a homeless person be sure it's food that can be eaten with no more prep necessary, and that there is unlikely to be leftovers. Even if it is an item that doesn't require refrigeration it will have weight and require space. A homeless person on foot will have to fit it into their already popping at the seams bags (if they have any), and they will have to carry it everywhere they go until it's eaten.

Of course a homeless person in a car usually has a little space somewhere to squeeze a few things in if they don't require refrigeration.

Something else to think about -- water and juices kept in a hot car will be turned into poison as the slightest heat (150 in cars parked here in Texas during the summer) causes the chemicals in the plastic bottles and can liners to leach/bleed into the contents. Also, keep in mind single servings of items that melt may be best because trying to save the things in a hot car, well, try it sometime and you'll see what I mean.

So I think your idea is a wonderful one, but I hope people will stop and think about what they're going to put into that bag full of food to make sure it really will be helpful to the recipient and not end up wasted and doing no good at all.

A great idea in every way just like Peggy said!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy Sharing our love every day brings joy to so many. I am personally so blessed that I wish to spread it around.

Thank you for stopping by

angels are on the way ps


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

These are good ideas for people to employ year round...not just one day or month of the year. But one day or one month is a good starting point! Happy Valentine's Day to you and all those you love. You are one very special person!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning, yet another time, DDE..

Sharing the love is really the bottom line..it really is what it is all about. It is often just what someone needs to brighten up a day that may not be starting out so well.

Sending you angels and thanks again for all of the visits. :) ps


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Love should be celebrated often and what a special way do so. You have great ideas


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning rajan jolly

You are so right. Showing kindness and love brings joy to us in so many ways. The fact that we reach out and care for another gives us that connection to them even if it is for only for a short time. But the effects are long lasting.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sending you Angels this morning...:) ps


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Awesome tips, Patricia. I like the idea of giving love having a ripple effect. So true! And sharing love and kindness gives joy and brings lightness to one's chores too.

Voted up and awesome.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening lindacee

Yes...Valentines' day and beyond..

We have so many reasons to do so, don't we?

Thank you for stopping by ...

Sending you Angels :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening lindacee

Yes...Valentine's Day and beyond..

We have so many reasons to do so, don't we?

Thank you for stopping by ...

Sending you Angels :) ps


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lindacee 3 years ago from Southern Arizona

Love does come in many forms. Let's shower love and good will on our family and friends this Valentine's day and beyond!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening prasetio..

Thank you for your kind words. We are so fortunate to be able to connect here and share ideas...it is a wondrous experience for each of us.

So glad you stopped by today.

Sending you a bundle of Angels this evening, my Friend..:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good evening prasetio..

Thank you for your kind words. We are so fortunate to be able to connect here and share ideas...it is a wondrous experience for each of us.

So glad you stopped by today.

Sending you a bundle of Angels this evening, my Friend..:) ps


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub. My friend, I always know I will be greeted with beauty and happiness when I visit your hubs. So, thank you for sharing with us, as you brought it as close as I can ever get to it! Voted up and God bless you :-)

Prasetio


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by, starstream...You are so right...time with those we love is a pleasure that is unlike any other. We need to do it more often for sure. We get so caught up in the rush rush that we forget to let those we love just how much we treasure them.

Sending you many Angels this 29th day of 2013 :) ps


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starstream 3 years ago from Northern California

Nice love hub! Enjoying the simple things in life with someone you choose for a companion is the best way to fill your empty cup! Your companion can be someone young or old just begin to share some time today.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Tonipet

Just a little kindness is the spirit for sure. We just need to extend if more often and what a difference we can make.

So nice to see you visit today.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Tonipet

Just a little kindness is the spirit for sure. We just need to extend if more often and what a difference we can make.

So nice to see you visit today.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals

There truly is nothing like showing love and care to those in need. Even a hug, as simple as it sounds, can change the world. You have a very beautiful message perfect for the love season. Thank you for sharing this. Wishing you a thousand smiles and blessings this Valentine's day:=) -Tonette


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, fossillady, for stopping by.

I agree. Self love is the most difficult, at least for me it is. There are always things that I find I am probably too critical about but over the years I have 'come a long way, baby' so I guess that is what counts.

Sharing the love is something that just seems to come naturally because I grew up in a home where it flourished.

Sending you Angels today

:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, fossillady, for stopping by.

I agree. Self love is the most difficult, at least for me it is. There are always things that I find I am probably too critical about but over the years I have 'come a long way, baby' so I guess that is what counts.

Sharing the love is something that just seems to come naturally because I grew up in a home where it flourished.

Sending you Angels today

:) ps


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

ps, I love this inspiring hub. The most difficult part to follow it the part about self love. It's a nice gesture that you included that because if we don't have it for ourselves, we can't give it to others. The more self love we have the more we have to give! Thank you for sharing this today! Kathi :O)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right...you, we, are all unique. We were made this way and we should embrace it...

Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by today.

Sending you some Angels this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right...you, we, are all unique. We were made this way and we should embrace it...

Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by today.

Sending you some Angels this evening. :) ps


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

This is a super article! I especially liked the section on self love. That's a tough one that really needs to be addressed. I have always tried to remember that when I get down on myself, I need to take a breath and say "this is the way God made me--this is who I am--I am unique in this world". Voted Up across the board. What a wonderfully appropriate hub as we head into February. Nice job!

Pearl :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela, for stopping by.

I am a huge fan of the Love month so why not turn it into a month of fun and sharing??

Have a lovely Monday...it is beautiful today here in my little Florida town.

Sending Angels to you today :) ps


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

These are great, yes loving, suggestions for the month. You cannot help but feel good when you conduct your life this way. Nicely done


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning MH

Of course a Valentine dance is September would be a good thing...kind of like Christmas in July.

Live it up...share your love and thoughts with whomever you choose every day....

So nice to see you this morning .

Sending you some Angels today :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning MH

Of course a Valentine dance is September would be a good thing...kind of like Christmas in July.

Live it up...share your love and thoughts with whomever you choose every day....

So nice to see you this morning .

Sending you some Angels today :) ps


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. These and more worked for us. I even had a Valentine dance in September.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Faith...

You are an emissary of love too. Sharing the love, each of us, we will help others to find the joy it brings.

Your kind words are so humbling.

Thank you, my sister in Christ... Sending you many many Angels this evening. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right...make each moment count...every one of them is precious.

Doing the little things you do lets your loved ones know how much you care.

Thanks for the votes..and Happy Valentine's month back to you.

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

tsmog..Thanks for the suggestion about the video.

Consider trying some of these...if you can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

You, Bill, inspired me to write this. H.O.W. is such an important idea that I felt the need to share how I was feeling. So thank you for your efforts....it will make a difference.

Sending you Angels all the way out to Washington this evening :) ps


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I LOVE this hub. Showing love, whether to ourselves or others, is the beginning of happiness. I especially liked your suggestions. I used to put a little 'love note' in my husband's lunch box every day....he was a truck driver so I knew no one would be around to see it and embarrass him.

Whenever I leave a family member or hang up the phone when talking to a family member, I say, "I love you"...you never know when it will be the last time you speak to them and I want them to remember, I love them.

God bless you pstraubie. Voted up, useful, and interesting. P.S. Happy Valentine's MONTH.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

You are talking my language of Love in its truest form here my sweet friend! This is exactly HOW it is done no doubt!

What great suggestions you have here and we all can do a little bit of something each day to make another person's life in this world just a little brighter, and it can be as simple as a nice smile or more . . .

I do so appreciate your BIG heart of love you actually live out daily in your life, which is so evident. Once we have loved through the whole month of February, let us keep on loving all year round!

Voted up and sharing ++++

God bless you my Angel friend. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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tsmog 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Patricia. I am happy to meet you! Yes, I happen to be off on Valentine's day. My love is a continent away. So, I think I may consider one or more of your suggestions. I think this is a wonderful hub and the sentiments offered as suggestions are just what the Dr. ordered. Thank you.

tim

(pssst . . .the video should be expanded to full size. Maybe more effective - blush)


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

What a loving hub. Lets just all do it and not just this month. Thanks for a great hub with lots of love and feeling..Must be those angels. Voting up and pinning.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a great hub! Do all things with love. Your suggestions are great...smile at everyone you pass...love yourself....sharing this one all over the place, PS! This is a timeless message.

Hugs and the blessings of friendship coming your way

bill

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