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In the time of social distancing, it seems hard to make a connection – whether it’s with a tried and true friend, a long-distance relative, or with literal touch (I don’t know how many times I’ve had to hold back from shaking hands or hugging someone).
Despite these challenges, there are many ways to feed connection without being in the same physical location. They all center around the concept of doing good, feeling good:
- Drop a line – the power of a written letter should not be overlooked. If you have a grandparent that is living in isolation, a friend on the other side of the world, or someone down the block that you used to see frequently, send them a short note. Written on a piece of paper. Via snail mail. I know it seems like an antiquated concept, but think about how much joy the receiver will get from a surprise in their mailbox. You could also send mail to a elderly penpal, women’s shelter, or children’s hospital – just make sure you read their current acceptance policies.
- Give a gift – any range or style or cost. Sending a gift to someone you care about could be simply a thoughtful gesture or hold additional meaning – maybe they’ve had a rough few weeks, maybe they’re celebrating an important milestone, maybe you were inspired by something you saw. And gifts don’t have to be extravagant or even bought. Cooking a meal, crafting from scratch, writing a poem, picking a bunch of wildflowers, or simply offering your services to a friend in need (grocery pickup anyone?) are amazing, unexpected gifts.
- Donate/volunteer – help a local, national, or international organization by volunteering your time & energy or contributing monetarily. Spreading the word about the organization to friends and family is also a huge way to do good for the community. Find an organization you’re passionate about and see how best you can donate, even if it’s only once a month.
One simple act could not only make another person feel that much better, but it can also boost your own spirits. Try it and let me know if it works for you.