Will kindness to strangers find you a soulmate or at least someone that you could spend the rest of your life with?
We cannot deny that romantic love is one of the biggest aspects of our lives.
From all the world’s love songs to romantic comedy films, from museum art to television commercials, from poems to Facebook photo albums, that kind of love is constantly promoted to us by various forms of media.
One of the grandest days of every year is even dedicated to that idea; once a year, every corner is filled with figures of baby angels and big old hearts punctured by a golden arrow, dozens and dozens of roses, stacks and stacks of chocolate boxes, stuffed toys, sometimes even expensive jewelry, and all of that cheesy Valentine’s merchandise.
Now of course not everybody has the same cheesy dreams to chase. Some believe in milder or not-so-cliché notions of romance.
You might have understood love through a simple story of how your parents met at an elevator at the workplace one day and just started talking, which led to 30 years (and counting!) of marriage.
Or you might have appreciated it as you spot an adorable couple just chilling out and individually reading books together at a coffee shop.
Maybe you currently have a significant other, and you fall in love with her a little bit more every time you watch her earnestly solving crossword puzzles.
These are all notions of romantic love as well.
However, so many people also lose their minds over love.
Believing that they cannot exist without their romantic partner, they lose sight of everything once the relationship ends.
Or hopelessly waiting for the attention of the person who do not love them the same way, they waste years and years of their lives.
I can’t begin to fathom the number of heartbroken humans in the world right now.
Meanwhile, I know some people who are in the single-and-not-really-enjoying-it boat, because they are so fixated in finally having a significant other.
I have a friend who regularly asks me to match her up with someone or pretty much anyone I know (which is a recipe for disaster, I tell you), and then ends up at my apartment crying on my shoulder whenever her Tinder dates go badly.
I can’t tell if she is just bored or doesn’t know what else to do with her life, but I do think my friend is a good person who has a lot of love to share. She just hasn’t found the right one to share her heart with.
For all of you who are in a similar situation, this is what I told her a few times before: there are other kinds of affection that you can choose to share with people now.
You can even give some kindness to strangers in need. You don’t need to be romantically involved just to give love and be loved.
There’s too much kindness, tenderness, and happiness to be given in the world, just for all of it to be caged inside us as we wait for Prince or Princess Charming.
Romantic love isn’t the ultimate kind of love; there are many, and it’s just one of them.
For instance, we can pour our love towards our family members. Take your mom and sister out to brunch or a makeover and spa day every once in a while.
Also, your mom and dad will certainly appreciate if you arrange a fancy date night for them, one they probably haven’t had for some time now. Shower your pets with affection — I’m sure it’s going to be incredibly fulfilling to be reminded of how sweet they can really be.
Stop looking for prospects during a girls’ night out, forget all about the boys, and really have some fun with each other.
Stop taking the people (and lovable pets?) around you for granted while looking for somebody else to love.
There is also much to learn when you go out into the world to seek new connections, and not necessarily in the romantic sense.
Maybe your significant other isn’t supposed to be a lover; maybe your love and affection can go instead to a stranger in need.
Spend your hours volunteering at a home for the elderly and give kindness to strangers. Teach your passions to the kids in the community. Help someone out at the grocery.
Sharing your kindness to strangers in need is another type of love that is just as pure and meaningful.
The BeepBeep Nation app has the mission of making the world a better place and encouraging everyone to share their love and affection by giving kindness to strangers in need.
By providing a platform to connect people who want to request for help and others who can offer that help, BeepBeep Nation enables people to be more compassionate and more loving.
BeepBeep Nation users will have endless opportunities to enjoy face-to-face social interactions and meet interesting people.
By promoting kindness in the world, you just might find yourself having many significant others.
By offering your help to a stranger in need, you just might offer your heart as well.