The "kindness pandemic"
Viruses aren’t the only things that spread through networks of people. Attitudes and behaviors do too. And we should take advantage of it.
Spreading happiness and kindness right now is not going to magically kill the virus. But we need to stay optimistic and hopeful for the future.
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We need to be careful with optimism so that we don’t neglect serious concerns. If you’re having serious illness symptoms, don’t be optimistic that they’ll clear up on their own and avoid medical care. But if the cost of being wrong is just a minor feeling of disappointment that things didn’t go your way, right now it’s better to stay positive.
Ask people if they need anything. There are people out there in need of a little more than well wishes right now. And when people see others helping, they’re more likely to help.
Also, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
70% of our happiness comes from your relationships with other people. And the social distancing situation has left some with zero people around them.
So reach out. Extended time without social contact is bad: Send a text, make that phone/video call, anything you want to let people know you care and are thinking about them.
Sending a thank you message is a great way to make two people happy and spread positivity. Feeling gratitude means you are less likely to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic.
Also, don’t forget to show gratitude to the people you might be quarantined with.
Context is the most powerful catalyst for changing your life. And the persons you associate with often determine the type of person you become.
For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change.
Research shows 70% of your happiness comes from quality relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Yet, the biggest factor that interferes with your relationships is your phone. The internet. Social media.
Studies show there is a group of people who live really good lives. They are happier, have more friends, are more successful, are good parents and community members. These people have varied circumstances. Some are rich, and others are poor. They don't share politics, race, or religion.
What they do have in common is that they're concerned about future generations and work to make the world a better place. What makes them stand out is the story they tell themselves about their lives.
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