February is just around the corner. It's the month to express our love and affection for those special ones in our lives. I do not believe Valentine’s Day should be reserved only for romantic love but for our significant others as well as parents, children, friends and strangers. Yes, I said strangers. Let’s make February the month of extending a gentle word, kind gesture or helping hand to those anonymous people who we interact with each and every day. Those who are part of our world who we take for granted.
Grab a cart at the grocery store and hand it off to the person next to you and watch their pleasant surprise. Shovel the snow on your neighbor’s stoop. Extend a friendly greeting and address the grocery checker by name, then watch 'em perk up and smile. Give up your seat on the subway to another and stand instead.
Feel the joy in a simple act of kindness for having brightened someone’s day. I believe too in the power of suggestion and one good deed leads to another. Why not continue this trend beyond February and let’s start an epidemic of kindness. Pay it forward at every opportunity.
February is also the time to decorate heart-shaped cookies. Just to get you started, here are a few designs to inspire you to bake and decorate Valentine’s Day cookies for those you love.