Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and the hearts and Valentine’s day promotions have been up for weeks. This holiday, known for it’s chocolate and flowers is all about romantic love. Although I love receiving a nice bouquet of flowers or some good dark chocolate, this year, I’ve decided to celebrate a Valentine’s month, and not in the romantic love kind of celebration. This year, I’m celebrating by spreading love around the city. It all started as a bit of an experiment at the end of January, but it’s been so much fun that I decided to continue and I’m making it my way of spreading love and happiness around the city.
It’s pretty simple actually. I’ve been writing little feel-good quotes on pieces of paper and leaving them on people’s cars, on their desks at work, or other places where I know someone will eventually find them. I call them Love Bombs. In order to track them, I’ve been writing #mysoulchallenge on the piece of paper. I didn’t know if any would show up on social media, but to my surprise, quite a few have been popping up, and the comments have made it all worth it – because the alternative would have been a complaint from the police for invasion of private property. People have been writing that it’s just what they needed to read at that moment, or that it may their day that much better after not feeling great.
The idea behind this experiment is actually founded in positive psychology which says that by doing something kind for someone else, we can actually rewire our brain to increase happiness. So this is my way of experimenting with science, and seeing if I get these benefits too!
Other than just feeling good, these kinds of activities also increase concentration and productivity, decrease stress hormone production, better ability to deal with stressful situations, and improve overall health. So really, nothing to lose! Other examples of activities are a gratitude journal, sending an email telling someone how much you value them, being of service to others, meditation, etc.
It really just take a few minutes to rewire your brain for happiness. So far, it’s been working pretty well for me. With My Soul challenge Love Bombs, I get to hopefully make a few more people feel a bit happier too while I’m at it.
Dr Renée Purdy is a Naturopathic Doctor in Moncton, New Brunswick. She is dedicated to promoting and inspiring individuals to improve their health and happiness as she believes that when we are happy and healthy, we can reach our true potential and change the world. Renée is also the creator of My Soul Challenge, a game she created to promote health and happiness, and she a member of the faculty for Natural Doctors International (NDI), a naturopathic global health organization that promotes holistic healthcare.