Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Breaking through isolation and building community.
Val Walker MS
As COVID-19 has magnified the loneliness epidemic, we may be more sensitive to social media.
In these uncertain times, we might find ourselves sensitive to social judgment and more prone to fear of rejection.
We feel less helpless when we offer our help (even in times of social distancing).
If our friends can be the family we choose, our volunteering site can be the community we choose.
Stereotypes of "loners" can scare away our compassion.
Val Walker, MS, is a rehabilitation consultant and speaker, and the author of The Art of Comforting and 400 Friends and No One to Call.