14 Ways to Show a Little Love
14 WAYS TO SHOW A LITTLE LOVE
February is all about heart. We’ve rounded up a whole lot of little ways to make Valentine’s Day special and show you care all year long. Go ahead, make someone happy—you might even boost your own health and happiness in the process.
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…AN UNSUNG HERO.
Next time you whip up a batch of cookies, save a couple for somebody who makes your world a nicer place to live in: the gas station attendant who always cleans your windshield, the school crossing guard out there in the sleet, your mail carrier. No need to bring a whole plate; just two or three cookies, nicely wrapped, makes a sweet snack. For an easy sugar cookie recipe, click here.
Too many edible goodies can make your animal overweight, so treat him to your undivided attention instead. Spend ten minutes playing whatever game your cat or dog likes, whether it’s catch-the-string or tennis-ball fetch. Bonus: Studies show pets can help you de-stress.
… YOUR SKIN.
After a busy day (and aren’t they all?) it’s tempting to skip washing your face. Resist! Left there all night, dirt, pollution and makeup can clog pores, leading to breakouts and dullness. Show love to your skin with Pond’s® Evening Soothe™ Wet Cleansing Towelettes. They quickly sweep away daytime grime (even waterproof mascara!), and you don’t have to rinse afterward. Stash a few in your nightstand and you can literally take care of this task lying down.
… YOUR HEART.
February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to act to reduce your chance of stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Visit your doctor to discuss ways to improve your heart health. If you’re ready to adopt a diet lower in trans fats and saturated fats, Promise Activ® can be a smart substitute for margarine or butter. Check out ItIsGoodToKnow.com to learn which buttery spread is best for you.
Promise® spreads can help maintain a healthy heart when eaten instead of butter or mayonnaise as part of a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Promise Activ® spreads contain 5g total fat and 0.5g saturated fat per serving.
…A MAN IN YOUR LIFE.
Even a tough guy can have sensitive skin. Men often mistake signs of irritation, such as breakouts and redness, for acne. If all his scrubbing doesn’t seem to help, encourage your sweetheart, father, brother or friend to try a little tenderness. Dove® Men+Care® Clean Comfort Body and Face Wash, followed with a gentle moisturizer, like Vaseline Men® Fragrance Free Body & Face lotion, may be just the thing.
…THE DRIVER TRYING TO MERGE IN FRONT OF YOU.
Yes, traffic is annoying, and when roads are crowded and you’re trying to get someplace, letting someone get ahead of you is the last thing you want to do. It’s also the perfect time to practice patience. Take a breath, wave the driver in, and note how much calmer you feel. You’ll arrive at your destination pretty much at the same time you would have if you’d been less polite, and in a much better frame of mind.
Show love to the environment (and cut your water bill!) by turning off the shower while you’re shampooing or conditioning your hair. You’ll save as much as 150 gallons of water a month. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth and save another twenty-five gallons a month.
Having a baby is joyous, amazing—and sometimes overwhelming, especially around six o’clock in the evening, when babies get fussy and moms and dads are tired and hungry. If you have a friend, neighbor or colleague with a newborn, lighten the load by delivering a ready-to-eat casserole, then stay awhile and rock the baby to let the parents decompress. Need recipe ideas? Chili Cornbread Casserole is a crowd-pleaser; you can also search for casseroles recipes in our recipe finder.
…A TEENAGE GIRL.
Remember how tough growing up can be? Encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece or godchild to look at beauty differently by taking a “field trip” together and using a camera or video camera to capture the beautiful things all around you. Then put the images together in a slideshow or short video (ask her to show you how to do it on the computer!). For more confidence-boosting tips and activities, check out Dove’s Self-Esteem Toolkit.
If your favorite philodendron or pothos seems to have stopped growing, or if water drains right out of the bottom of its pot instead of being absorbed, your plant could be root-bound, meaning it has outgrown its container. Transplant it into a new pot (no more than an inch or two bigger in diameter than the last one) and imagine it sighing in relief.
Pull out the good china and invite two to six of your besties over for an old-fashioned afternoon tea. Serve finger sandwiches, fruit and baked treats buffet-style (we like Alyce Ann’s Scones—for this and other teatime recipes, click here. Keep the drinks simple by brewing up hot water and letting guests choose from a selection of Lipton® teas. With decaffeinated, green and flavors such as Tuscan Lemon, there’s a tea to please even your choosiest ladies. Don’t forget to wear hats and white gloves!
…AN OLDER FRIEND OR RELATIVE.
Show love to the elderly: Falls are the most common cause of injuries to senior citizens. Spend an afternoon helping make a senior’s home safer by installing lighting in dim areas, removing or securing throw rugs, clearing boxes and other obstacles from hallways and nailing down loose floorboards.
Whether five years old or fifty-five, every son or daughter loves sincere praise from a parent. Take fifteen minutes to write a note or send an e-mail with five things you admire about your child, from her amazing gardening skills to his winning grin.
Taking at least a few moments for yourself every day is one of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones. We’re all more patient, calm and kind after a little downtime, so don’t feel guilty about doing something just for yourself. Read a book, dance in the living room, take a walk around the block—any activity that you enjoy. Go ahead: you’ve earned it.