In a world that can often feel heavy and negative, spreading joy and love are more important than ever. But how can we do it in a way that feels authentic and meaningful?

Here are a few unique ideas to help you spread love and positivity in your community:

Leave notes of encouragement.

This could be as simple as leaving a sticky note on a coworker’s computer or leaving a note of appreciation for your local delivery driver. A small gesture can go a long way in brightening someone’s day. I have fond memories of my Mother’s post-it notes that she would leave in my lunch as a little boy.

Start a kindness chain.

Encourage your friends and family to perform small acts of kindness, and then ask them to pay it forward by encouraging others to do the same. Before long, you’ll be part of a chain of positivity that reaches far and wide.

Years ago I started a 69-Day Challenge to spread joy for 69 days in a row. It helped me get through a very difficult time in my life, all while spreading joy. Win-win!

Volunteer your time.

Giving back to your community is one of the most meaningful ways to spread love and positivity. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and volunteer your time to make a difference. When I was a young man, I volunteered at the Den for Grieving Kids. After September 11th, the people I met there were my support system. They gave me more than I could have ever given them.

Share your talents.

Whether you’re a musician, a baker, or a knitter, sharing your talents with others is a great way to spread joy and love. Consider performing at a local nursing home or teaching a class on a skill you’re proficient in.

Practice random acts of kindness.

This could be anything from buying a stranger’s coffee to picking up litter in your neighborhood. The point is to do something kind and unexpected, with no expectation of anything in return.

Share your love and kindness online.

Social media can be a powerful tool for spreading positivity. Share uplifting quotes and images, and use hashtags to spread your message of love and kindness.

Send care packages.

Show someone you care by sending them a package filled with their favorite things. It could be a book, chocolates, or a cozy blanket. It will be a wonderful surprise and show them that you’re thinking of them.

Spreading joy and love doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A small act of kindness can have a big impact on someone’s day, and the ripple effect of positivity can be far-reaching.

So go out there and spread love and joy in your community today. Come back and let me know how it goes.