A lot of people we know are dealing with VERY real things right now. Impostor Syndrome. Depression. Self-Discovery. Trauma. Job Loss. Financial Insecurity. Family Issues. The list goes on. Through all of that – we can’t forget the simple, but deep, power of just saying “Hello” to someone and checking in on them.
Call your friend and check on them. Write a letter or an email to someone in your family. Text someone and just ask them how they’re doing. DM them on Social Media. Send a smoke signal if you have to! (Kidding) I hear the cool kids are using this thing called Zoom these days.
A Few Thoughtful Minutes of Good Vibes Can Change a Life
That is a terrifying stat, and maybe something we could easily fix in a lot of cases by taking a little time to care for each other enough to communicate.
Consciously pause for a moment and reach out to check-in on a friend you haven’t seen in forever because you never know what they may be going through silently.
A Contextual Check-in Can Work Wonders!
Asking a friend, or even an acquaintance you know, a bit about “how their family is doing”… “-a job is going”… or “how a medical issue worked out”… (and so on) can be uplifting for someone who may feel alone with their issue.
And I think anyone who has been through anything in life can tell you getting a reminder that you’re not alone can go a long way. I am not a saint at this myself – I personally suck at it with A LOT of people, so I’m in part writing this one for my own benefit.
I don’t have much for this one aside from trying to remind people to “mind people” (I felt like a bit of wordplay there would make that statement click a little better… did it work?). Saying “Hello” to someone literally takes one second.