Love Actually is perhaps my most beloved movie. One of my favorite scenes takes place right at the beginning, when the film opens with this monologue:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

In contrast, for the past few months, it seems like the world is on edge. People feel uncertain, unhappy or unnoticed. The political climate is tense.

So, what did I notice on this Valentine’s Day?

More declarations of love on social media than I think I have ever seen. Husbands and wives. Friends to friends. Lots of pictures of roses and heart-shaped pizzas and little kids decked out in red and pink.

What else did I notice? An outpouring of kindness and well-wishes here at work. Our Wellness Committee set up craft stations so our co-workers could make valentines for each other. And people actually took time out to do just that. Little notes of recognition spread out all over the building. People brought in cupcakes and candy to share. The day was generally filled with gratitude and appreciation.

This spirit was even found in the staffing industry! Popped onto the American Staffing Association’s website and discovered that February is ASA Cares Month. During this month, members of ASA commit themselves to the promotion of good corporate citizenship and social responsibility. I love that our industry gives back!

We do a lot of these things here at Haley Marketing, too. Giving back is part of who we are. We promote organizations that help the homeless, we ride to support cancer research, we purchase flowers for our local hospice and we generally buy any candy or cookie someone’s kids are selling! And there are countless other causes our team personally and quietly support as well.

Times might be tense. But in this month known for hearts and flowers, it’s nice to know that there is still some love actually all around.

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