Where can you find love? In an overpopulated world where we are constantly surrounded by other people, it’s ironic that so many people should feel alone and unloved. How many hundreds of people do we see each day, yet we make no connections with them.

“When you're surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you're by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don't feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you're really alone.” Fiona Apple, music artist.

There are simple steps that we can take to make connections to those around us:

  • Just say “Hi!” to: People you pass on the street; people you see every day as you wait for your bus or train; people in back or front of you when waiting in a line; people on the elevator.
  • Show a genuine concern for others: Ask how they’re doing.
  • Share things about yourself; your dreams, your hopes, your joys.
  •  Every day concentrate on the feeling of love within yourself; feel the love of loving yourself.

In a world where the norm is to keep closed and not talk to others, it can be uncomfortable to take steps to make connections with others. But after you take that first step to get out of your comfort zone, it becomes easier and you will start to see rewards; others will happily greet you, grateful that someone has reached out to them in this cold, hard world.

What about love? It is from these seeds of human connections that love will grow and blossom. Maybe a friendship that you make will develop into a loving relationship. Maybe a new friend will introduce you to your future love. Maybe your newfound love of yourself for having made bold steps to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to others will attract love to you.

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