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The History Of Valentines Day
Who knew? Valentine’s Day has been around for centuries. I bet some of you thought it was a holiday created by the greeting card company, but alas it is not.
Here’s a video, from History.com, explaining the history and origin of Saint Valentine’s Day:
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Valentine’s Day does not have to be a holiday for “lovers.” Even those who are not currently in love, or who have given it up for good can celebrate. Those who celebrate their love for someone do not have to only concentrate on their one and only. February is the perfect month to show love, kindness, friendship, and service for others. Random acts of kinds are especially appropriate this month.
Some great ideas are:
Write a thank you note to someone
-A previous teacher
-Someone who did something kind for you
-Someone who has made a difference in your life
-A parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, etc.
-Just to tell someone you appreciate them
Leave quarters at the laundry mat
Pay for the car behind you in the a fast food line
Buy a meal for a veteran, active duty, or first responder
Put up sticky notes at work or school or a random place with positive messages on them
-For good service at a store
-Let someone’s supervisor know they’re a good employee
-Tell someone what a good mom they are or how well behaved their child is
-Let someone know you admire their talent
Send a letter of encouragement
Send a care package to a soldier, missionary, or student
Mail a handwritten card or letter to someone
Check in with someone you haven’t talked to in a while
Make a phone call to a friend or family member
Visit a shut-in, elderly person, or someone who is ill
Reminisce with a friend
Leave generous tip
Come up with your own act of kindness
There are so many opportunities around us to be kind, and help or serve others. Carpe Diem, Seize the Day…don’t miss an opportunity to be kind! While you’re at it, don’t limit your kindness to February, keep it going through the year.
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