What the world needs now, is more love, sweet love. It’s undeniable, as we’re bombarded by world news of hate-fueled terror attacks, discrimination, and injustice. The only remedy for such darkness has and always will be to bring more light into the world through the practice of love and kindness.
Luckily, there are plenty of people doing such good work—acts of kindness, random and targeted, large and small. Let them inspire you to take your yoga off the mat, rediscover the kindergarten spirit of Valentine’s Day (remember when you distributed love notes to every single kid in the class?) this year, and do something to brighten a stranger’s day. Everyday efforts like these can truly heal the world.
1. Surprise a stranger with a random act of generosity.
Last week, rapper Drake surprised shoppers at a Miami supermarket when he took to a megaphone and announced that he was paying for all of their groceries. He reportedly spent $50,000 and stopped to take selfies with patrons and the store’s owner. While we can’t all share on that scale, don’t get stuck thinking you can’t make a difference, says Susan Verde, a yoga and mindfulness expert and author of I Am Peace. “One little act of generosity has a ripple effect, ” she says. Think how simply paying for something as small as a stranger’s coffee, parking, or bus fare could brighten their day.
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