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Global Love Day LogoIt is our vision to unite one and all in a celebration of love and compassion. We honor each May 1st as a symbolic day of unconditional love and call upon all people and all nations to gather together in the wisdom of peace and love.

Global Love Day has always been simple in its intention and presentation so that anyone can participate and be a part of this initiative right where you are.

 

Simply be love. Let the love within your heart be the focus of your awareness throughout the day. Allow yourself to be accepting, forgiving, peaceful, joyful and in harmony with yourself and all life around you. Just be!

Allowing unconditional love to be your primary intention is the main idea, and if you find yourself also wanting to actually "do" something loving or share the day with others, we have provided several categories to help give you ideas of how you may approach the day. See below. Each category will present suggestions that you can begin with. We encourage you to come up with your own inspired, creative ideas and expressions.

Around the World
Catching on around the world, we launched this program in December 2003 for our first celebration on May 1, 2004 and already we have connected with people in over 150 countries. We hear daily from so many of you supporting our efforts for this event and have over 580 proclamations honoring the day. You have shown us that this simple idea is one whose time has come. Plans for our next celebration of humanity are underway for May 1st.

The Invitational
In conjunction with Global Love Day, we host our annual Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational. This program encourages our youth (anyone young at heart) to participate by sharing their perspective of global love in a creative fashion. You can see how their amazing efforts turned out for our previous annual presentations on the Invitational page and also find information and guidelines for next year's submissions.

I Love

I love unconditionally... Become conscious of this simple intention and view your life from a different perspective, if even for just one day. Think about unconditional love and what it really means to you. Allow yourself to open up and actually feel the love you already have within. Accept the aspects of life that challenge you, whether from your past, present or view of the future. Decide to let love be your response to everyone and everything. See all life interconnected, joyful and safe. Choose to enjoy life no matter how difficult it may have been or how challenging you may perceive it to be. Just let love be your focus for the day and see what happens.

Some Ideas For Yourself...
Consider what it means to fully accept yourself and forgive your past choices and experiences
Offer genuine forgiveness either in your mind or shared verbally to another who you feel has impacted you in a negative way
Decide to let go of the outmoded and out-dates beliefs that no longer represent who you are
Meditate on Love as a natural and boundless force already existing in your life
Express your compassion to yourself and the world around you
Think and feel thoughts of love to friends, family and neighbors
Take a deep breath
Send kind words to others via e-mail, text, mail or call them personally to express your gratitude of having them in your life
Make amends with someone you have discarded from your life for past mistakes
Forgive a person, place, relationship, circumstance or even an illness that has challenged you
Hug someone and let yourself be hugged
Watch a sunrise or sunset, even better if you can do both in the same day
Smile
Embrace a stranger and meet the friend they become
Watch children play
Write a poem
Take a walk
Feel grateful for everything currently in your life
Dance as if no one is watching
Sing out loud
Accept another person's view as their right to think that way
Spend the day thinking positive thoughts
Say a kind word to a stranger
Love the amazing animal kingdom
Forgive your childhood traumas
Send loving thoughts to the plants and flowers of this earth
Let go of fear and doubt
Trust yourself
Release the judgments you hold about life
Accept for a day that everything that comes your way as being right and perfect for the moment and is teaching you something
Visualize the world as a loving place

Invite family, friends, neighbors to...
Have a picnic, breakfast, brunch/lunch, dinner in your local park, garden, home etc. to celebrate and/or meditate on “love”
Organize a community Global Love Day celebration in your local area or join up with others who have already organized an event (example: parades or concerts)
Organize other types of Global Love Day special events like block parties, candlelight celebrations, art gallery openings, musical or theater events based on love, gratitude, and forgiveness
Share a meal with someone less fortunate and/or volunteer to assist an organization in need
Promote acts of kindness during Global Love Day
Reach out to those in need and show them you care and that they are capable of love too
Volunteer to teach someone to read or read to someone who cannot see or just read to someone who might be ailing and needs to hear a soothing voice.
Add a few dollars to a homeless person’s cup instead of a few cents or bring them food to eat.
Volunteer for the day to assist with or serve at your local soup kitchen for the homeless
Share the Global Love Day flyer as a way to connect with others about your intention to love

Schools

Students - submit an entry to the Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational
Sponsor and hold an event at your school on Global Love Day
Download the Flyer and share with students, parents, faculty and staff.
Start a student group with the focus of the higher understanding of love and how they can apply it especially on the theme "love begins with me"
Create an evening of celebration and/or schedule a special assembly with music or a play that has a focus of unconditional love - understanding and compassion, gratitude and/or forgiveness.
Organize a workshop about love including speakers and noted guests and/or have students and faculty participate in an essay, poetry or song writing contest etc. about what the true meaning of love is to them.
Have students, faculty and parents plant trees or flowers on your school grounds to experience loving the earth
Have an event for students to come up with their own personal Global Love Day ideas and activities that they would have at their own home or with other classmates, local businesses etc...
Create a Global Love Day headquarters at your school for students to report their events and then share them with The Love Foundation for posting on our web site as well as notifying local media
Encourage the art department to utilize Global Love Day as a theme for students to create paintings and/or sculptures that represent love. Take pictures and send to The Love Foundation so we can highlight students and possibly post on our website.
Also send these photos to your local media so they might showcase students in the paper and partner with local businesses to display the artwork in public locations for community viewing
Create a video project by interviewing friends, classmates, family and community on what love means to them and then send a copy or the link to The Love Foundation to be included on our site

Faculty/Staff
Gather staff members together to share in the value of love, self acceptance and honor for the work that you do
Let your students know about the Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational
Offer your students artistic opportunities to focus on love like plays, band presentations, art and essays

PTA
Create connections with schools in other neighborhoods, communities, US cities or international locations. You can share ideas and help support each other in your chosen activities
Bring together the resources of students, family, faculty, staff and business and draw the attention to the power of unconditional love and diversity
Sponsor a student art project

Share your school or university ideas for Global Love Day - Be sure to include your full name, school or class name, email and contact. Let us know what your school, university, fraternity, sorority or alumni plan to do.

Universities

Students submit an entry to the Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational
Hold an event at your college on Global Love Day
Start a student group with the focus of the higher understanding of unconditional love, diversity and tolerance and how to apply it.
Download the Flyer and share with students, alumni, sorority, fraternity, faculty and staff.
Ask your professor to share in a discussion about unconditional love with the class
Bring in guest speakers to share their vision and understanding of love and its individual and global implication
Create an evening of celebration and/or schedule a special assembly with music or a play that has a focus of love - understanding and compassion, gratitude and forgiveness
Research the concept of unconditional love and ask the library to present a display about love
Ask alumni to be involved with Global Love Day

Faculty/Staff
Support each other and the students in presenting a focus of love throughout the campus
Let your students know about the Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational
Design curriculum and special projects around the idea of unconditional love and how it can change the world

Sorority/Fraternity
Get your sorority or fraternity to organize a campus event focusing on the theme "love begins with me"
Create a link from your website to www.thelovefoundation.com and/or post information on your own web-pages
Stage a gathering of all sororities and fraternities as a collective group sharing in unconditional love

Share your college or university ideas for Global Love Day - Be sure to include your full name, school or class name, email and contact. Let us know what your school, university, fraternity, sorority or alumni plan to do.

Organizations

Let us know what your group or association plans to do to celebrate Global Love Day - Use the contact us form and be sure to include your full name, organization's name, email and contact.

Some Ideas For Your Organization:
Have your group or organization gather a roundtable to discuss potential ideas to serve in the community on Global Love Day
Present a discussion to your group about the power of unconditional love
Include Global Love Day in your organization’s newsletters and ask your friends, family and neighbors to do the same, examples: nonprofits, associations, church/ temple/ synagogue newsletters, business, community groups, Chamber of Commerce, email newsletters etc...
Encourage young people to submit an entry to the Art, Essay and Poetry Invitational
Bring the celebration of love into a hospital, a children’s ward, orphanage, assisted living or retirement home, or boys and girls club. Help them organize their own event or create an event or activity for them, or invite them to join in another event that is already going on
Create and distribute materials such as Flyer or announcements at your coffee houses, libraries, church, movie theaters, business lunches or other events like concerts, arts and crafts shows, home and car shows, etc...
Create a link from your website to www.thelovefoundation.com and/or post information on your own web-pages announcing Global Love Day for May 1st
Ask members of your group to write the President, Governor, Prime Minister and other leaders; Government Officials, Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, Corporate Leaders, etc... asking them to observe Global Love Day on May 1st
Connect with other organizations such as: Chamber of Commerce and their Mixer Events, Retirement Communities... Yacht and Country Clubs, Homeowners Associations, Apartment Complexes, Civic organizations, Singles and Sports Groups like Golf and Tennis Clubs, Health Clubs, Class Reunions, Non-Profit organizations, Book Stores, Ethnic Groups, Hospitals, Art Galleries or Museums
Have a picnic, breakfast, brunch/lunch, dinner in your local park, garden, home etc... to celebrate and/or meditate on “love”
Organize a Global Love Day celebration with your association or organization in your local area or join up with others who have already organized an event (example: parades or concerts)
Organize other types of Global Love Day special events like candlelight celebrations, art gallery openings, musical or theater events based on love, gratitude, compassion and forgiveness
Create a lending library of books on love

Corporations

Share What Your Company Will Do For Global Love Day - Be sure to include your full name, company, email and contact information. Let us know what your staff, department or company plans to do.

Some Ideas For Your Corporation:
Present Global Love Day to the management and staff of your company.
Celebrate Global Love Day with coworkers at the office with a party, lunch, etc... and ask everyone to focus on the positive aspects of each other
Review your mission and vision and see how unconditional love, diversity, respect and compassion can play an active part
Consider adding love and universal compassion as a concept to your marketing campaign
Underwrite and fund local and global events associated to Global Love Day
Create a roundtable discussion of love with senior and front line employees
Allow your employees time to volunteer on behalf of Global Love Day
Review your policies and procedures and ask if love and compassion are inherent in them
Offer time and incentive to your employees to bring the celebration of love into a hospital, a children’s ward, orphanage, assisted living or retirement home, schools, or a boys and girls club. Help them organize their own event, create an event or activity for them or invite them to join in another event that is already going on
Ask your employees to share their ideas of love and how it can positively affect the organization
Create a link from your website to www.thelovefoundation.com and/or post information on your own web-pages
Download the Flyer and share with others
Ask your vendors and suppliers to participate as a group effort

Share What Unconditional Love Means To You For - Global Love Day - Be sure to include your full name, email and contact. Let us know how you express unconditional love to yourself and the world around you - contact us.

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