Springtime in Atlanta is bursting with color. Refresh. Renewal. Rebirth… And I’ve discovered a fresh new way of engaging with the world. It is very simple, like the budding of a tulip. The secret is a small colorful message that surprises the recipient with a statement that sparks joy. They are called “Love Notes” and they are created by Shelley Hannah in Toronto, Canada. I met Shelly in October and bought a small bag of 25 Love Notes. I had no idea how they would change my life. Too dramatic, you say? Well, after I shared the first 24 (one was for me), I knew I wanted more. So Shelley and I struck up a partnership. She has agreed to make love notes for Compassionate Atlanta with our info and her brilliant bit of sunshine. 

Each note has a handwritten message and is carefully rolled up and secured with a bit of sparkle. I have been amazed at the reactions I get from giving out these little notes of joy. Nothing quite compares to the smile that I see every time a note is unrolled. 

The notes say things like, “Your genuineness is an inspiration to others. Yay you!” Or “ You know how to celebrate well! You help others see the specialness in moments. Thanks!“. Or “You are a great community builder. You make it easy for people to come together.” 

Each time, the note falls in just the right hands. I can’t really explain it. But each note seems to tap into a recognition that we know is true but don’t often give ourselves credit for.

In this fleeting interaction, strangers become familiar. For that brief moment we share our common humanity.

I take my notes everywhere I go. I love to give them to store clerks and security guards and janitors and other customers in line or even people that I’m finishing a meeting with. Totally unconventional and 100% well received.

If you want to try this practice of sharing joy, I invite you to order a bag of Love Notes from our website or visit our table next week at the Clarkston Culture Fest. Or even better… make your own. Either way, enjoy spreading the love!❤️

Get some and share the kind words with others!

Leanne Rubenstein 
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

Share :


Join The Ride

Subscribe to receive future updates from the Compassionate Atlanta team & our sponsors!

More Stories

Vote For You

In case you have not noticed, the election is fast approaching. It’s in 45 days to be exact. So, that means if you are not already registered to vote—NOW IS


It Takes a Village

We often use the phrase “it takes a village”. So, when we ask the question, “Who is in your village?” Who comes to mind? Who’s there to hold your hand


Compassion around Atlanta

I remember exactly where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001.  I’m guessing that you remember where you were, too. I had no idea how the day would


Pianos for Peace

Do you ever wish we had a universal language? One that spanned borders, religions, even the ages?

aboriginal peoples

Stand in Solidarity and Act in Love

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” –


Happy New Year 2017!

It’s almost here…2017.  This coming year will be full of ways to participate in raising the voice of compassion throughout Metro Atlanta.  January is already full of amazing events to


Love is Everything!

How do you say I love you? Let me count the ways… Earlier this week, Americans celebrated Valentine’s Day – the holiday of love. ❤️


Get out and get involved!

On this beautiful day in Atlanta, as we see the daffodils bloom 🌼 and the birds start their singing, we feel the restorative and healing power of nature.

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know that you can help create a more compassionate Atlanta every time you go to the supermarket?

If you have a registered Kroger Plus Card (available for free at the Customer Service desk in every Kroger store) and a Kroger Community Rewards online account, and choose us as your designated non-profit organization, your purchases will begin earning rewards for Compassionate Atlanta within 7 to 10 business days!

Amazon Smile

Register your Amazon.com account, make Compassionate Atlanta your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate 5% of eligible purchases to help us raise the voice of compassion throughout the city!