Welcome Windsor Locks Community!
We are excited for our community to learn and practice the Choose Love Formula™ through a series of fun and family-friendly community activities designed to help us foster a more connected. inclusive and loving community.
Choose Love is a call to action by Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement; mother of 6 year-old Sandy Hook victim, Jesse.
Take The Choose Love CHALLENGE
Show your neighbors that you are ready to take ACTION to help heal our community by putting a sign on your lawn (and getting one for a neighbor!)
Let’s show each other that we have the COURAGE to color our neighborhoods with CHOOSE LOVE.
Download and print a Challenge Book for yourself and each member of your family.
Visit participating local businesses to perform that the Choose Love action that correlates to the Challenge Week and get a sticker for your book.
When you’ve acquired all 4 stickers, sign the Choose Love Oath on the back of your Challenge Book, take a picture of the completed book, and email it to us for 1 entry into the random prize drawing.
What Is Choose Love?
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create safer and more loving communities through healthy communication, decision-making and character development programs that are suited for all stages of life.
At the core of our programs is a simple formula (COURAGE + GRATITUDE + FORGIVENESS + COMPASSION-IN-ACTION = Choosing Love) that anyone can learn and practice to improve the world around them.
In only 6 years, our Choose Love Programs have been adopted by over 10,000 schools across the United States and more than 150 countries worldwide — ENTIRELY THROUGH WORD-OF-MOUTH.
Choose To Be Be Part of the Solution
We can ALL learn and practice the 4 simple character values of the Choose Love Formula™ to transform our own lives, our relationships with others, and exponentially impact the happiness, health, inclusivity and productivity of our community. And the best news is that, even when the campaign ends, the skills and tools you develop along the way will be with you for the rest of your life.
Learn more about the 4 character values we will be learning and how you can choose to be part of the solution of creating a stronger, more unified Darien by participating!
Courage is the willingness and ability to work through obstacles despite feeling embarrassment, fear, reluctance, or uncertainty.
Proven Benefits of Practicing COURAGE
- Less anxiety and stress
- Less fearful (in the present and future)
- Enhanced self-esteem
- Improved ability to express oneself and one’s feelings
- Increased self-awareness
- Willingness to try difficult tasks
Gratitude is mindful thankfulness and the ability to be thankful even when things in life are challenging.
Proven Benefits of Practicing GRATITUDE
- More positive attitude towards self and others
- Improved attitude about school and learning
- More likely to show appreciation and kindness towards self and others
- Increased mindfulness
- Improved ability to see other perspectives and show empathy
Forgiveness means choosing to let go of anger and resentment toward yourself or someone else, to surrender thoughts of revenge, and to move forward with your personal power intact.
Proven Benefits of Practicing FORGIVENESS
- Healthier relationships and deeper connections
- Better emotional self-regulation
- Less aggression and anger
- Better able to handle personal/social issues that arise
- Improved resilience
- Improved decision-making skills
- Heightened self-management
Compassion In Action is BOTH the understanding of a problem or the suffering of another and acting to solve the problem or alleviate the suffering.
Proven Benefits of Practicing COMPASSION-IN-ACTION
- Enhanced connections and relationships
- Better able to respond in a loving manner
- More caring and concern shown to others
- Improved social skills
- Better social and moral awareness
Choosing Love means having the COURAGE to do the right thing, even when no one is looking; feeling GRATEFUL even when things aren’t going your way; LETTING GO of your anger, even if the person who hurt you isn’t sorry; setting aside your busy-ness to DO SOMETHING KIND for someone else. The more you can practice this formula when things are beyond your control, the more automatic a thoughtful response will become!
Meet Scarlett Lewis
Darien native and mother of Sandy Hook hero, Jesse.