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5 Ways to Love Your Work More

Do you wake up excited and anticipating the day ahead?

If the answer is yes on most days, great! Keep it up. For too many Americans the answer is NO. In fact, did you know the most common day of the week for a heart attack is Monday?

Here at ‘Love Box Land’, our mission is to teach people how to love their family, work and life more. As an entrepreneur and consultant for 22 years, I know there are things we can do to help us on our quest to a loving work life.

Let’s look at 5 ways to love your work more.

  1. Build a Loving Team. Working with people you respect and trust is a whole lot of fun. Create respectful and kind relationships with a team of people who ‘have your back’. Make an effort to like co-workers or better yet, love them. You may not want to be married to them, but you do want to be ‘engaged’.  (Yes, pun intended.)
  2. Mix Your Talents with Meaning. Work at a position that matches your skills and talents with work that is meaningful to you. Change the way you work so you can enjoy the work itself and find it more interesting. If possible, explore cross training to see how the company works in different departments. Explore how your job is making a difference and fits into the big picture of the organization and your life.  Keep in mind, the realistic expectation that you probably won’t like everything about your work. If you’re an entrepreneur and in charge of everything, delegate the work others can do.

3. Compensation. Make sure your pay and benefits are in line for you. Take advantage of the benefits your company offers including perks and 401 K matches. If you believe you are being underpaid, consider negotiating for what you’re really worth.

4. Check your Security & Recognition Levels. Security is about feeling safe and secure with your position and your future at the organization. 83% of employees are motivated by recognition so if you don’t know how you’re doing or have a tight-lipped boss, ask for specific feedback.

5.  Be Grateful. Focus on the positive parts of your job and be grateful. The old adage: Count your blessings helps you be more positive. Change your outlook to appreciate of the opportunities and people around you. Also, look at how your job is making a difference and fits into the big picture of the organization and your life.

There’s plenty of good evidence that employees who love their work have lower turn-over rates and increased productivity. We spend a lot of time and energy at work, so let’s do our best to love our time there.

Here’s to you – growing in love at work and home.

If you are interested in training or coaching about this topic, please contact:

Christine Martinello,



Small Note – Big Impact

A love note doesn’t have to be long to make a big and lasting impact in someone’s life.

Original Love Box Notes

Why?  Because a love note comes from the heart and touches another person in their heart.  Yes, it’s a heart to heart connection.

“The Divine Voice is not always expressed in words.  It is made knows as a heart-consciousness.”  ~Unknown

Keep on creating cozy moments of love.




Love Box Land is Growing

2016 – what a year filled with new ways to learn and love.

One of the reasons I became an entrepreneur 22 years ago was so I could raise my 3 kids with lots of love and time. So, when my 3rd child flew out the nest in August, (My hubby & I are in the ‘Free bird’ phase.) I thought life would slow down (& it did for about a moment).

Quickly, it became clear that many people and families want to grow in love with their life, work and family.

Love Box event

Love Box event

‘Love Box Land’ is growing! It’s a land flowing with more ‘Love Agents’ & enthusiastic supporters. We hear many stories of families growing closer together, healing, hope and renewed relationships.

In Sept. we launched the Original Love Box – people write love notes & read them for every special occasion – from birthdays to baby showers, weddings to anniversaries.

Original Love Box Kit

Original Love Box Kit

We gave to 7 charities and gave a lot! Our giving focused on helpingwomen and children who are recovering from domestic violence or substance abuse. We also had love note campaigns for children battling cancer and victims and 1st responders involved with the Orlando shooting.

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

2016 has also been filled with bringing light into the darkness and showing that love unites us all. We have seen doubt, rejection, darkness & the enemy trying to thwart our efforts. We’ve faced new trials & worked diligently to grow in love rather than let strife take hold.
That means facing, entering into, exposing & forgiving the darkness. Always shining more light.

We’re ‘fired up’ about exciting plans for 2017:

– We’ll offer more education events and opportunities to learn.
– Partnering with sponsors.
– Sharing the Original Love Box with more non-profits and church groups.
– Expanding the team and our marketing efforts. This movement takes a team of merry ‘Love Agents’.

We’re going to be playing bigger next year. It has become clear – people need a lot more love!

We look forward to building a foundation of love for families, companies, and communities – one love note at a time.

What an exhilarating time! Thank you for joining us.

We’re all in search of a happy life. What if you knew just what to do, to have a happy and successful life?

Would you focus on it with all your time, money & energy? Probably.

Do you think the secrets are; Having plenty of money, a happy marriage, experience, your dream career, being a philanthropist, having a strong work ethic, or being raised in a happy childhood?

Some fascinating research reveals the secrets to a happy and successful life. The Harvard-Grant study was conducted for 75 years at a cost of over 20 million dollars to conduct.

Dr. George Vaillant, the lead researcher, notes there are two pillars of happiness:
“One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away.”

The study directs us to a five-word conclusion:
“Happiness is love. Full stop.” Vaillant says.

Love means everything. A person can have plenty of money and luxuries, but if love is absent, they ultimately feel unfulfilled deep down inside.

“Our relationships with other people matter, and matter more than anything else in the world,” writes Vaillant in a 2009 Positive Psychology News article.

Your earliest relationships impact your long-term happeness, specifically the relationship you have with your mom. Business Insider highlights a connection to the fact that men who had “warm” childhood relationships with their mom we more likely to earn more money, have professional success and were less likely to develop dementia in their later years.

We know healthy relationships set a foundation for overall life contentment but also career satisfaction. Vaillant says that having a meaningful connection to the type of work you’re doing is more important than achieving traditional success.

This research confirms ancient wisdom.
“In as much as love grows in you,
So in you beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul. ~St. Augustine

“Don’t underestimate the power of love, because it’s the key to happiness.” Vaillant writes. LOVE. Yes, we’re talking about loving relationships.

Value & cherish love above all else.
Grow in Love.

So, the next time you have a choice between going shopping for a little ‘retail therapy’ or indulging in other ‘escapism’ activities, take a moment to think of a new way to love. Ultimately, growing loving relationships and forgiving, will make you happier in the long run.

Does this resonate with you?
How do you value & invest in love?

National Love Note Day!


Love Notes Live_front

We all want a caring family and closer community, but with all the difficult happenings in the world, creating close relationships can be challenging. Fortunately, there’s something positive for families to do together to grow in love.

National Love Note Day is coming and we will celebrate by bringing families, friends and non-profits together at ‘Love Notes Live!’ events. Currently two events are planned. One event is in Flowery Branch, GA on Sun., Sept. 25th from 3 – 6 pm at Mocha Moes coffee house. The other one is in Dayton, Ohio.

People will participate in the Original Love Box tradition by writing love notes to family members, friends and 300 women in five local charities. Martinello says, “Let’s come together and celebrate love, peace and community.” The Martinello’s will speak about “How to grow in Love.”

Love Notes Live! Back Creating closer families and communities takes some time and effort. We’ll provide an opportunity for everyone to express their love at the ‘Love Notes Live’ event. We are excited to see the love flow and the lifelong impact that heartfelt notes provide.

The Original Love Box creates an experience for people to love one another in a new way and love their neighbor too. With everything going on in the world, don’t you think it’s time to invest in each other and love?”

We sure do! Hope you’ll join us.

It’s a complimentary event. RSVP:

If you love what we’re doing and want to be a sponsor or get a ‘Love Booth’ visit: www.tinyurl/lovenoteslive2016

“The Original Love Box is the perfect way to lead your family in a tradition of love and gratitude for each other.” -Rachael Bodie, Mom & John Maxwell Co.

10 Ways to Not Feel Lonely

OLB_lonelyWhen you feel sad and lonely, the thing you want most is relief.  Fast.  You want to feel loved and connected again.

Know you are not alone.  The National Science Foundation reported that unprecedented numbers of Americans are lonely.  A study of 1,500 people in face to face interviews found that 1 in 4 people said that they have no one they can talk to about their personal troubles and triumphs.  That’s a lot more than in the past.

Sharing isn’t always easy because we have different needs.  One part of us seeks deep connection with another person who really sees and knows you.  On the other hand we want freedom to be independent.  America has always prided itself on independence and individualism.

Ultimately we need each other in order to:

  • Have strong families
  • Develop close and mature friendships
  • Have kind communities

Here are 10 ways to Not Feel LonelyBob & Christine

  1.  Pray.  Ask God to bless you with friends that are good for you.  Realize that God is always there for you and he promises to “Never Leave You or Forsake You.”  Also ask God to clearly show you why you feel lonely and what you should do next.
  2. Go out!  Get out of the house one way or another.
  3. Call or text friends and make plans.  If you want to make new friends, go to  Join a group exercise class, church group or club.
  4. Limit social media.  Too much social media makes you feel like everyone else has somewhere to go and something interesting to do.  Realize you are only seeing mostly good moments from their day.
  5. Smile!  Smiling releases feel good hormones, increases your metabolism and reduces stress.  Go out and smile at others and you’ll feel better.
  6. Volunteer.  Serving another person makes you feel connected and just plain good.  It’s a win-win for you and the other people you’re serving.
  7. Immerse yourself in a hobby or interest.  Taking photos connects you to your subject.  Looking at old photos makes you feel good because it reminds you of all the good times you’ve had.  Reading fiction helps too as you get involved with the characters lives.
  8. Dance.  It’s helps to listen to music and get moving and groovin’.
  9. Write Original Love Notes.  It makes you feel closer and more connected as you write and read love notes to others.
  10. Write in a gratitude journal.  List as many people, places and things you are grateful for and before you know it, you’ll feel less lonely.

We hope this helps!  Mother Theresa said it so well,

“Let us always greet each other with a smile – for a smile is the beginning of Love!”

How can you help yourself and someone else not feel lonely?







How to Promote PEACE in America

OLB & kidsI know you care.

The fact that you’re reading this means you’re committed to growing and learning about love.

Today I want to talk with you about promoting peace and leading with love. With everything that has happened recently, many are wondering, “What is going on?”  Our hearts have grown weary of the violence.  The question I want us to consider together is, “What can we do?”

Here in ‘Love Box Land’ we’re praying and promoting  ways to #Share More Love.  Don’t you think it’s time we increase the frequency and intensity of love with our family, friends and communities?  You know, LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR.  We believe it’s time to counterbalance fear with faith, peace and love.

Mother Theresa said, “What can you do to promote world peace?  Go home and love your family.”  That’s the place to start.  “You must see that there is love at home and at your next-door neighbor’s and in the street you live in, in the town you live in and only then outside.

You see, we’re all family – brothers and sisters in God’s family.

There are many things we can do to promote peace and love – from random acts of kindness, to getting to know your neighbors to speaking up and one of my favorites  whispering or holding our tongue instead of yelling.  Love is slow to anger and rich in compassion.

What has helped our family build a foundation of love and celebrate differences is the ‘Original Love Box’ tradition.  Before even writing a love note you need to think about the other person and answer these 2 questions.

  1.  What do you love about the other person?
  2.  How is the person a gift to you?
Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

When you take some time to reflect on these questions and then write love notes, you are creating a precious gift and intimate connection.  When you write your feelings down and then speak it to the other person, you’re creating tighter bond.   Then when you re-read the notes over and over again, you are multiplying your loving feelings and re-living the loving moments.

I pray it continues to heal and build up others.  We are humbled that thousands of people have done the tradition so far.  Last week we got a shipment of NEW Original Love Boxes.  In a limited quantity.  You can find out more on the shop page.

Let’s be #Love Agents who are on a mission to love others.  Bigger.  Broader. More.  We can do this by loving others with our thoughts, prayers, words and actions.

Let’s turn up the heat on Love.

Love is the only force that will overcome hatred and ultimately, unite us.

I wonder, “How can we build a ‘Love Revolution’ that will sweep across America?”  I certainly don’t have all the answers but I would like to talk with you about the question.  I would love to hear your thoughts and explore if you would like to align  efforts.

So the final question and challenge is:  What are you doing to GROW love in your family or community?

We’re all going to need to pitch in to SEE CHANGE.  I KNOW we can do this.

Christine M. Martinello









flowersValentine’s Day is just around the corner.
It seems every store is splashed with an array of red and pink hearts, roses, stuffed animals and let’s not forget chocolates. (Yaaay!)

Here at ‘Love Box Land’ our attention is focused on helping people experience and grow in love all year long.

Here’s the definition of love.
noun 1. 
an intense feeling of deep affection.

verb 2. to feel a strong or constant attachment and affection for a person.

So you see it is a noun AND a verb. For our love to grow we need to give it attention. In both of these descriptions you’ll see the word feeling. And that’s fine however love is so much more than a feeling.
Love is a choice.

What is the greatest love? Unconditional love!

IMG_6560“Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, it can also be love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism, or complete love.”

As a wife and parent quite often I don’t feel like serving my children and husband. Yet, when I do think about their needs and serve them, I am being a humble servant and a leader. When I serve them consistently they know they are loved. When they humbly serve me, I feel loved.

Unconditional love puts the interests of our beloved before our own. Sometimes, oftentimes, we don’t feel like it.

This is the dichotomy of love. In giving love away we feel love more.

OLB_final_12_10_TMWe’re expanding! The Original Love Box, notes and book are in the final creation phase. I invite you to check it out and sign up to be contacted when it’s available.

5 Ways to Teach Kids to Combat Commercialism

Tis the Season . . .
And the decorations and songs in the stores are here to prove it.

At this time of year I always feel a battle between doing what the world wants me to do (buy more) and what God wants of me (love more). The tug of war is real and we need to take steps to counteract commercialism.

It’s time to take back Christmas. Here’s the thing. . . YOU get to decide what kind of holiday season you want. When it will start, end and everything in between. So, let’s be intentional and do what’s most important.

If you have thought “Christmas has become like a circus” or “The Holidays suck the life force out of me,” there’s hope for a better holiday.

5 Ways to Combat Commercialism
1. Ask your kids, “What do you remember about last Christmas?” What traditions did you like to do? What gifts do you remember getting? You will probably be surprised by the answers. Do what’s most important and let go of the activities that don’t fit into your top priorities. Let’s simplify.

2. Let’s focus on celebrating the real reason for the season which is the birth of Jesus and sharing the light and love of God with others. During Advent focus on spiritual activities like prayer and good works. How about singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Jesus this year?

3. Set a limit on time, money and number of gifts to give this year. Long ago our family decided to give no more than 3 gifts for each person. We figured if it was good enough for Jesus to get 3 gifts, it was good enough for us.

4. Model for your family the values you hold dear. Your kids will do what they see you do.

5. Host a ‘Family Love Night’ with the Christmas Love Box Tradition.
Just imagine, you’re sitting in your living room with your loved ones, surrounded by candles, chocolate and Love. With each note read aloud, the magic of love is released and binds you all closer together.

The night is a precious and magical time together as each person feels valued, appreciated and loved. The force of love binds you closer together.

Then after the holidays are over, you have love notes in your loved ones handwriting to relive those happy times. You’ll have notes from when the kids were 5, 10 or 15. The kids have notes of love from their parents, aunts, uncles and Grandparents. Forever. You can read and re-read those love notes all year round.

Oh, it can be different alright. Rather than giving stuff you can give and get the gift of love.

It’s so, so much better. I promise.

There’s a battle going on between commercialism and spirituality. So, let’s lace up those combat boots and start walking. Singing Christmas carols all the way. Ready? Set. Let’s go.