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  • Nancy Spear

Happiness is Contagious

Updated: Feb 9, 2021

Valentine’s Day is approaching. Many of us have older friends or relatives who are living by themselves and are isolated due to the pandemic. Isolation can turn into depression. But you can change that! Here are a few ideas to make their day better, and probably yours, too. Power up your Zoom Share Screen and here we go:

1. Scan some old photos, the ones from decades ago. Share your screen and ask your father who those people are. The stories will come pouring out.

2. Find some family movies that have been digitized. Share your screen and relive better times.

3. Ask your aunt the name of her elementary school, go to Google Maps, and find it. Chances are it’s still there. Ask her who her favorite teacher was or her best friend.

4. Call an elderly friend and ask what her first car was. Find it on Google images. Ask her who taught her to drive and if she ever went on a road trip.

5. And, my favorite: What was their favorite song growing up? Go to YouTube, enter the name of the singer, the song, and ‘karaoke version.' You can sing along together.

And if you’re missing company, call up your kids, grandkids, and friends. Show them your photos, where they were taken, and your memories of that day. It will make you happy and happiness is contagious. They’ll be happy, too.

P.S. If you need help with Zoom and/or Screen Sharing, you know where to find me.

P.P.S. This is a video of my kids. I can't count the number of times my mother and I have watched it.

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