Want to change the world? Lean in close to the friend or acquaintance you next encounter*, and say, “I love you. Pass it on.”

It may seem silly at first, but a little laugh and the sharing of love can improve the outlook of anyone. Like the proverbial flapping of a butterfly’s wings or the drop of water in a pond, small acts of love and companionship can lead to great ripples of inspiration for making the world a better place.

Where did this idea come about? One sunny day in March of 2012, my daughter and I were walking home from the library, feeling a bit joyous about the appearance of spring. I leaned over to her and whispered, “I love you. Pass it on.” She giggled, stretched up to my ear, and said the same.

A spark lit her eyes, as we both realized we should be saying this on a large scale. We ended up doing over an hour of gardening afterwards, despite having previously felt tired.

So, if you were out somewhere and heard this phrase whispered to you, or saw this text posted on a social networking site or blog, find someone soon, and let them know you love them. Just remember to tell them to pass on the message.

At present, this is a simple campaign to bring a touch of joy into the lives of others, though it may expand into something greater in the future. In the meantime, please use the banner, or make your own to spread the word!


*I recommend trying this with people you know.  Walking up to complete strangers, invading their personal space, and telling them you love them might be seen as creepy.  If you’re going to tell a stranger you love them, do it at a distance, so they feel safer.