People write songs about him or read poems inspired by him, but do we really know what love is? That’s something to consider on National Love People Day, which is celebrated annually on September 30.
Many religions and non-religious spiritual practices focus on the idea of giving whole-hearted love without expecting anything in return. This day is dedicated to inspiring and supporting others with the power of unconditional love.
National Love People Day Timeline
2017 – Lifeline Church launches National Love People Day
Chicago-based Lifeline Church wants National Love People Day to bring the community together in a spirit of unconditional love and as a tribute to its founders, Pastors Reggie and London Royal.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono organize a Bed-In
As a way to protest the Vietnam War and highlight the need for peace, John and Yoko invite the press to their hotel room for interviews while in bed during their honeymoon.
1967 – The Beatles release an iconic love song
The Beatles write “All You Need is Love”, a hymn to the ideals of the Summer of Love, and release the song as a single.
1792 – Love and tennis
The tennis scoring term for zero or “love” means “playing for love” or, put another way, playing for nothing.
The 16th century: Chief Montezuma and chocolate
The legendary Chief Moctezuma of Mexico, who believes that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, drinks 50 cups a day before associating with the 600 women of his harem.
National Love People Day Activities
Help someone else
The idea of random acts of kindness embodies 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 his spouse. Write a check for cancer research. Donating blood in a blood bank because it is one of the best ways to express to people that 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 in a poetry slam. Dance or paint a picture in the name of love. In these divisive times, art is an amazing outlet to show how interconnected we are as a human race.
Sometimes just a kind word of support or showing empathy to a friend who is having a difficult time is an effective way to honor National Love People Day. There is no money involved and no physical work to do. Share a hug, a cup of coffee, and a listening ear with someone you know or don’t know. You can make a difference in the world.
REASONS WHY LOVE IS A NECESSARY EVIL
It’s up and down
We’re not exactly sure who counts, but scientists believe that people will meet love seven times before getting married.
Sappho wrote about it
The Greek poet Sappho dedicated a verse to her famous 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”, which goes directly to the heart.
Our wedding rings confirm it
Blame the ancient Egyptians’ wedding rings who wore a circular design indicating that love was eternal along with the sun and the moon.
Sometimes we fall from it
Married couples tend to divorce around the fourth year, but if they stay together; the next losing streak is the eighth year.
WHY WE LOVE THE NATIONAL LOVE PEOPLE DAY
We are in love with love
Love makes us feel good. Scientists even associate the release of the chemical dopamine when we experience pleasure or that phenomenon called “love at first sight.” It is also the reason why we feel happy when we do something nice for someone else. Love is that powerful characteristic that keeps us doing for others, whether we get something in return or not.
True love is selfless
For centuries, romantic writers have pondered the idea of ”selfish love.” But that’s a misnomer. Real love is unconditional, that is, without limitations or restrictions. National Love People Day opens a framework for discussion about why love is important regardless of color, ethnicity, religion, or national background. Love is open and loving, the polar opposite of selfishness.
Real love is inside
When the founders of Lifeline Church came up with the idea for National Love People Day, it was to honor how love begins with oneself and then spreads to others. We love ourselves when we eat healthy food, develop good habits, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By showing each other love, we open the dialogue to include love for other people.