Reach Out to Friends

[Originally posted in March 30, 2020]

I say this only in jest and to illustrate a point, but . . . sometimes it feels as if the pandemic is nothing more than one large psychology experiment to see how we, humans, do without daily interaction.

And I can tell you, without a doubt, social interaction is important. I spent the first week of isolation, for the most part, keeping to myself. I didn’t text; I didn’t call people—not a first.  I was trapped in my grief and didn’t have the energy.

But, our family and friends are the ones who lift our spirits, give us support, and make us laugh. Social interaction is essential to our health and wellbeing.

And you know what else? It is not just about us. Think of your friends and family members—how are they feeling?  One of the best ways to feel happier is to do something for someone else.  If we are focused on helping others then we can’t also be focused on feeling bad.

This week, join me in the challenge of picking up the phone and CALLING (not just texting) family and friends. Check in on them.

A live voice can make a world of difference to them . . . and you!

[Every Monday, a new ‘habit’ will be posted as part of my Bright Light Living Healthy Habits series. These ‘Healthy Habits’ encompass habits for the mind, body, spirit, and one’s perspective of life—in order to LIVE BRIGHT.  You may wish to implement the habits each week (if so, I encourage you to download the Healthy Habits Assessment form). Or, the week’s habit can simply serve as a journal prompt or something to ponder.  It’s up to you. I do hope you will check in each week.]

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