Take A Smile, Pass It On…

Today is a special day. Today is an opportunity to do an act of kindness and start a ripple effect. It starts with one; one person, one action, one moment. July 11th is National Cheer up the Lonely Day. Make it your mission today to make someone happy. I bet you can think of (at least) one person in your life that is going through a difficult time in some way. Spread awareness about the mental, physical and social damaging effects of loneliness and sadness. Today was created to promote kindness towards others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in a nursing home with no relatives or friends to look in on them. A single small gesture can make a big difference.

Here are a few ideas of how you can observe #NationalCheeruptheLonelyDay:

  • Pick up the phone and call
  • Send a text or email
  • Visit someone who lives alone, is in the hospital or a nursing home
  • Mail a sweet or funny card
  • Make someone feel loved
  • Bring someone a meal or baked goods
  • Volunteer an hour at a nursing or elders home
  • Lend a listening ear
  • Invite someone new to your neighborhood, school or job into your group
  • Give someone a hug
  • Bring someone flowers or their favorite candy
  • Bring your dog to visit someone
  • Play a game
  • Take them outside for sunshine and/or a walk
  • Smile or talk to a stranger

A few moments out of your day, can change someone else’s week. Spread love.

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