5 Simple Ways To Inspire More Love In Your Life

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Seeking love in our lives should be a priority because, as Gandhi said, “Where there is love there is life.” But it doesn’t require any fancy processes or complicated "50 steps to wholeness" programs. Small changes are all you need to cultivate more love in your everyday life. 

Be thankful
It’s dangerously easy to dwell on all of the things going terribly awry in life. But by taking the time to focus on everything going right -- no matter how small -- you can immediately change your outlook. Giving thanks for failed relationships or disappointments that taught you lessons will allow your heart to fully embrace the good times and good people currently in your life.

Forgive
It’s impossible to let love in when you’ve got a hardened heart that’s fixed on harboring ill will or negative feelings. Holding onto resentment not only negatively impacts your mind, but it’s also attributed to many health issues like increased heart disease, weakened immunity and higher stress and anxiety levels. Forgiving people who have wronged you allows you to keep your heart open to love.

Do things you love
This doesn’t have to come from your career; in fact, most peoples' true passions aren’t affiliated with what they get paid to do every day. Instead, focus on doing things you love and things that make you feel good outside of your job: meditating as soon as you wake up, taking your dog on a brisk walk in the mornings, mastering a new recipe or simply having a heartfelt conversation with a close friend.

Keep good company
Surrounding yourself with people who motivate, inspire, support and encourage you has a bigger impact on your life than you may realize. Since you’re most influenced by the people who spend the most time with, you will automatically benefit or suffer from their characteristics. Choose to spend your time wisely with people who lift you up and make you want to be a better person.

Help others
Whether it’s volunteering your time at a local charitable organization or giving a simple compliment to a stranger, even the smallest gesture that makes someone else happy will automatically make you happy as well. And you're even more likely to get a lot out of giving back when you incorporate your passions and talents.