If life turns, tomorrow is not guaranteed, our health is at stake and plans become uncertain. How do we keep our hearts healthy and healthy? We value encouraging and giving priority to others.
The philosopher and author Dallas Willard once reported on the value of caring for others in difficult times. He wrote, “T.Tubes with well-cared-for hearts are people who are prepared and able to respond to life situations in a good and correct way. ”
This attitude of “reacting in a good and correct way” not only lifts us out of our disappointment, it also prevents us from becoming bitter about what is going on around us.
This attitude of “reacting in a good and correct way” lifts us out of our disappointment.
Psychological research shows that encouragement helps people to be successful, not just in the hectic pace of everyday life, but in every aspect of life because it speaks Who they are. Encouragement does not deny reality or ignore the problem, but prevents the problem from becoming our focus. This is one of the most common ways that individuals support each other, which fosters the community and strengthens people’s self-esteem. What better time than during a virus outbreak to support each other?
Here are some practical ways we can encourage others around the world during the global pandemic:
Send gifts to people.
There is nothing better than receiving an unexpected gift from someone who says, “I’m thinking of you.” Whether just because you felt like it or because the person is going through a particularly difficult time with challenges that come up on the left, right and in the middle, gifts convey value and importance. Gifts represent love of sacrifice and show someone you have remembered throughout the day.
Reach us by email, text or letter.
As society’s pace increases from second to second, the time to reach relatives and friends is often pushed into the background. If you take a moment to write a good old-fashioned letter to your friends via text, email, or even with encouragement, it will definitely make someone smile. You would be surprised what two or three sentences can do to give the soul the much-needed strength. Be precise with the words you use and describe why the person makes you feel how you feel about them.
If someone I know is going through a particularly difficult time, I will ask if I can call them about every two days to check in. Sometimes people need space. In other cases, regular contact with carefree conversations can be good for the heart.
Make a gratitude list.
For some people, this is the default setting in difficult times. I will never forget the time when a dear friend sat me in the middle of a crisis and asked me to make a list of the things I am thankful for. It helped me to remain hopeful and positive amid difficult circumstances over which I really had no control. I was in control of my thoughts. Gratitude became a key ingredient in ensuring that I had a “well-groomed heart,” as Willard wrote.
Make a delicious dinner for those in your home.
While we are in a time of social distancing worldwide, you can deal with the people in your home. Whether it’s your spouse, roommates, or children, tell your roommates that you’re bringing them to dinner tonight. Spend time choosing a recipe. Enjoy the preparation and the joy of blessing someone else.
Take your time to sit at a table with friends. Eat a delicious homemade meal. This will be a welcome change from the stress that a crisis can bring. It communicates: “I appreciate and see you. You are important to me.”
Help them find a job.
There are currently numerous job portals and agencies that publish online work. Help someone find a job by searching for local places where takeaway, delivery, or digital work is posted.
Is there a skill that you can benefit from – classroom or graphic design? Can you create an online portfolio for it? Take the time to revise your LinkedIn profile while you’re at it. Supermarkets are also currently flooded with customers. It is also worth asking about openings.
Commit to acts of service.
With the spread of COVID-19, many of us are confined to their homes, but there are still acts of service that we can perform. Buy someone groceries. Pay someone’s bills. Clean someone’s car.
Sometimes people need practical help with the basics when their lives are crowded and they are tired. It simply shows that you love them, whether they have everything together or not.
Pick up your purchases.
If you walk to the store to get your groceries, offer to pick up a friend’s essentials while you are there. Sometimes a culture of independence can cultivate the reverse effect and create people who are used to doing things themselves, but who ask for community, help and a place of belonging. You can encourage and strongly reinforce someone’s value by offering to help with these daily tasks.
Buy from small and local businesses.
Local companies are currently the most affected. Most of these places, however, still make take-out or door dash deliveries. Help the community by placing an order online for the essentials. You never know which family to help you stay afloat during this difficult time.
In every season of life, good or bad, we have to be people who bring encouragement to the world. Encouragement brings hope and hope brings water to dry places.
Do you know someone who can use encouragement today? How can you encourage people through this global crisis?
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