Pictures speak louder than words, so I wanted to share some images that celebrate the love and kindness around us.  Enjoy!

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year

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On this twenty-fifth day of my gratitude journal, I choose love.

Most of us are still stunned by the tragic Connecticut school massacre. Over the next few days and weeks, there will be many discussions, many opinions expressed, and much speculation on how such a thing can occur. And many attempts to place blame. And we all hope for real, actionable solutions.

But for today, I choose to focus my gratitude on love. The unfailing love of God; the unconditional love of a parent. The enduring love of my husband – even when I’m in a less than lovable mood. The encouraging love of friends. The love of my dog, that makes me want to be a better person. And the kindness of strangers.

Love is all around us, and if we talked as much about love as we do about anger, hate and violence, maybe the world would be a better place. Acts of kindness, generosity and love happen every day. We see them at work, at the store and on the street. Even security cameras capture them. But they seldom get our attention.

In this world where violence makes headlines, I choose to vote with my wallet. I refuse to support filmmakers for their attempts to engage me in violent entertainment. I don’t buy gifts – toys or for real – that promote destruction.  I won’t encourage app designers by downloading games of brutality.

I’m not alone in recognizing the strength of love.  The World Needs More Love Letters is dedicated to spreading encouragement through anonymous love letters.  Good Is describes themselves as a “global community of people who give a damn”.  And Random Acts of Kindness, a sister site of Values.com, is a great place to get inspired to create acts of kindness.

What are your sources of inspiration to choose love?