People write songs about it or read poems inspired by it but do we really know what love is? That’s something to consider on National Love People Day, held annually on September 30. Many religions and non-religious spiritual practices center on the idea of giving love wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return. This day is dedicated to inspiring and supporting others with the power of unconditional love.
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Mexico's legendary Chief Montezuma, believing chocolate to be an aphrodisiac, drinks 50 cups a day before consorting with the 600 women in his harem.
The tennis scoring term for zero or "love" means "playing for love" or put another way, playing for nothing.
The Beatles write "All You Need is Love," a paean to the ideals of the Summer of Love, and release the song as a single.
As a way to protest the Vietnam War and to highlight the need for peace, John and Yoko invite the press up to their hotel room to be interviewed while in bed during their honeymoon.
Lifeline Church, based in Chicago, wants National Love People Day to bring the community together in the spirit of unconditional love and as a tribute to its founders, Pastors Reggie and London Royal.
National Love People Day Activities
Help someone else
The idea for random acts of kindness epitomizes the spirit of National Love People Day. Share a resource or gift with someone in need. Offer to babysit so your friend can go out on a date night with their spouse. Write a check for cancer research. Give blood at a blood bank because it's one of the best ways to express to people you don't even know the love of life.
Express your love with the arts
Spread the message of National Love People Day by writing a poem or even sharing it at a poetry slam. Do a dance or paint a picture in the name of love. In these divisive times, art is an amazing outlet for showing how interconnected we are as a human race.
Sometimes just a gentle word of support or showing empathy to a friend going through hard times is an effective way to honor National Love People Day. There's no money involved and no physical labor to undergo. Share a hug, a cup of coffee, and a listening ear to someone you do or don't know. It can make all the difference in the world.
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It's up and down
We're not exactly sure who's counting but scientists believe that people will encounter love seven times before they marry.
Sappho wrote about it
The Greek poetess, Sappho devoted verse to her famous female lovers on the island of Lesbos, from which we get the term "lesbian."
Our engagement rings express it
We wear engagement rings on the fourth finger of the left hand because the Greeks referred to that finger as the "vein of love," running directly to the heart.
Our wedding rings confirm it
Blame wedding rings on the ancient Egyptians who used a circle design indicating love as eternal along with of the sun and moon.
Sometimes we fall out of it
Married couples tend to divorce around year four but if they stay together; the next rough patch is year eight.
Why We Love National Love People Day
We're in love with love
Love make us feel good. Scientists even associate the release of the chemical dopamine when we experience either pleasure or that phenomenon called "love at first sight." It's also why we feel happy when we do something nice for someone else. Love is that powerful characteristic that keeps us doing for others whether or not we get anything in return.
True love is unselfish
For ages, romantic writers have reflected on the idea of "selfish love." But that's a misnomer. Real love is unconditional, meaning without limitations or restrictions. National Love People Day opens up a framework for discussion about why love is important without regard to color, ethnicity, religious or national backgrounds. Love is open and caring, the polar opposite of selfishness.
Real love is within
When the founders of the Lifeline Church came up with the idea for National Love People Day, it was to honor how love starts with the self and then spreads outward to others. We love ourselves when we eat healthy foods, develop good habits, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By showing ourselves love, we then open up the dialogue to include love of other people.
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