How To Overcome An Isolated Pandemic Winter

By now, you are well aware that we are experiencing another surge of COVID-19 infections in Pierce County and across our nation. Making matters worse for many people is the dread of being inside during the winter when it's dark earlier in the day, feeling anxious and isolated.

How can we make it through these bleak, lonely, and dark months?


Author and psychology professor at USC Sonja Lyubomirsky writes in her book The How of Happiness, "studies show that anything we can do to direct our attention off of ourselves and onto other people is usually productive and makes us happier."

As an example, she says, "during our pandemic winter, you can stay connected to people by performing an act of kindness. It turns out people who help others end up feeling more connected and become happier."


The Bible captures this thought in one line: "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

When we choose to meet other people's needs and shift our focus outward, we will overcome the dreaded darkness of winter and the isolation the pandemic has brought to us.

Today, look for ways to make someone else's life better. Say something encouraging to the barista, thank the grocery clerk for being at work today, deliver a meal to someone in need, find a project to serve on during the HCC Road Trip. What ever you do...