A practical guide to "spreading the love"

Lots of people talk about "spreading the love", but what do they mean and how do you do it?

Online, the first step to spreading the love is to filter. You read positive items, items that are useful to others, and ignore everything else. The actual love still needs to be spread, so send the link in one of myriad ways. Make them feel special, and that you're thinking of them. The love has been spread! Good job!

If this sounds good to you, read on. Realize that we read things for all sorts of reasons. To stay informed, to grumble, to reinforce our preconceived notions of how the world works, to waste time, to learn about a topic. This becomes clear when you observe yourself as you read: some items create feelings of hope, delight, or wonder; others create dread, fear, or pain.

Offline, "spreading the love" can take the form of an extra generous tip, a compliment, or a smile.

One of the most interesting things about it is that, if you are in a good mood and resolve to "spread the love" you will find a practical way to do it, and believe me, it will make a difference.

There is limited love that one can spread on a computer: recognize this limit when you reach it and close the thing down!

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