A Little Bit Greener

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Brightening someone’s day doesn’t have to be labor-intensive or require a ton of effort. It can…but it doesn’t have to. What can you do in five minutes to lift someone else’s spirits? Here are just a few things I’ve done in the last couple of days.

Text a friend who’s been down lately, asking how she is and how her day was. (Sure, a phone call might have been better, but she doesn’t really like talking on the phone. Same.)

Checked on a friend who had surgery last week, and who’s been struggling. (Patience is not a virtue for everyone, and sometimes a distraction is valuable.)

A short conversation with a friend who’d had a people-of-Walmart experience—so we could laugh together. (And agree that that particular Walmart was a no-go.)

A quick phone call to check on a patient who sometimes gets discouraged and withdrawn. (When people have no one in their lives, a five-minute phone call is a big deal.)

Teasing and joking with a patient with a bit of dementia, who’d been angry and upset just a few minutes before. She really enjoyed telling me I take my sweet time with her, and could I please hurry up? (That had the added bonus of making the staff member she’d been angry with also laugh. I try.)

Take five minutes and lift someone’s spirits. Or thirty seconds. You won’t be sorry. You never know what they might be dealing with.

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Author: tamaramorning

Writer. Avid Reader. Eternal optimist with a healthy dose of realist thrown in.

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