Red and Pink Candies and Knick-Knacks
February is characterized by red and pink hearts - candies and knick-knacks galore. Store displays remind us that it’s this little month is all about “the love”. Around Valentine’s Day each year, that classic old song, “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” by Andy Williams, drifts through my head - probably because my parents made good use of Andy's album. Ahh, yes... love is splendid!
Love is a Splendid Thing
But what keeps “love” being so splendid? It’s those simple things like kind gestures, courteous considerations …and gratitude. Did you know studies actually show a direct link between gratitude and love?
How to Grow More "Love"
We can actually cultivate and expand our love by actively looking for, making note of and giving verbal appreciation. And I can personally vouch for this. In our marriage, this has been one of our most sustaining energizers. We’ve been known to make a game of it, taking turns to name 10 things - or more - that we admire about the other. With nearly four decades of a shared life together, it has served us well.
This guy has been helping me understand the power of gratitude since 1981!