The Spread the Joy Challenge
At last, spring is right around the corner. The days are getting longer, the temperature is rising, and winter is fading away. It’s a time of year when optimism and positive thinking come back to the forefront, after the doldrums of winter. At Comfort Keepers, we are challenging members of our community to spread that feeling of joy to the seniors in their lives.
The “Spread the Joy” challenge is simple. We are urging everyone to get involved by doing something they know will bring joy to a senior in their life. This gesture doesn’t have to be big or expensive. On the contrary, it can and should be simple, because sometimes it’s the littlest things that make the biggest difference in someone’s day.
At Comfort Keepers, we’ve already heard a few beautiful stories of people sharing joy with the seniors they love. For instance, one of our caregivers recently remembered that a client had a 60th wedding anniversary coming up. To mark the occasion, the caregiver went to the dollar store, bought a handful of anniversary cards, and took the cards to people the client knew. Each person signed the card with a nice note and sent it back to the client, in time for the big day. Instead of the woman’s wedding anniversary going overlooked, the cards helped make it appropriately joyful and celebratory.
There are so many ways to have this kind of impact on someone’s life. It could be a family member or someone you’ve known for many years. It could be someone you don’t know very well but who you feel like could use some extra joy in their life. It could be a parent you sit down with to reminisce over an old photo album, or a neighbor who you assist with spring cleaning chores. Whoever it is, think about the person and try to individualize your gesture to suit them. After all, everyone gets joy from different things.
Once you’ve completed the “Spread the Joy” challenge, visit Comfort Keepers online and tell us your story. We think that, if we start sharing these ideas, we can inspire each other to have an extremely positive impact on the seniors in our community. You can share your stories on our websiteor via our Facebook page.