An exercise that will work out your heart without making you out of breath.
1. Write down the name of someone you love. If you’re anything like me, you probably wrote “Liam Neeson”, and THAT’S GREAT, but for this exercise you need the name of someone closer to you. Maybe a friend or family member. If Liam Neeson is a friend or family member, I envy you greatly, and can you get me his autograph?
2. Write down something out of the ordinary that you can do to show that person what they mean to you. When I say “out of the ordinary” I mean something you don’t already do all the time. If you don’t usually hug the person, a hug can be enough. You don’t necessarily have to cook them the world’s largest enchilada, or do anything involving stilts.
3. Do it. Really do it. Don’t just think about it. Get it done.
4. Write your experience. How did you feel? How do you suspect they felt? Is it worth doing again?
I hope that you take the time to follow the above steps. It’s important to write down the name of the person, the action you plan to perform, and the results. It makes the whole experience so much more concrete. Instead of a vague feeling of having done something nice, you’ll have a record of exactly what you did to show your love and how it made everyone feel.