Our health caregivers are risking their lives every day to keep us safe from the hyper-contagious COVID-19. Despite personal danger, health caregivers endure agony in the midst of battle. They persist. The more fortunate among us suffer the relatively minor inconvenience of sheltering-in-place, as we work from home or take courses online.
Our youth are the least vulnerable to death from COVID-19. But they may be the most susceptible to the long-term economic and psychological consequences of this pandemic. They are the ones who must persist the longest.
If we of all ages do everything possible now to lessen the impact, it will contribute to the long-term well-being of everyone.
If we are generous in every possible way we can see, then we not only lessen the impact; we are simultaneously uplifted by the good feelings created by the gratitude of the recipient of our gifts, large and small.
Doesn't the following response make you, the reader, feel good?
"The masks arrived here this AM, I believe, and we are SO GRATEFUL. These masks are top notch and will help keep those of us on the front lines (I'm actually in the hospital overnight tonight) will be so much safer thanks to them. They also give us capacity to mask everyone with clean masks daily. I have little brown bags hanging in my office with dates as (supposedly) the virus dies on your mask after 96 hours...we all hope.
I can't thank you enough. Your tenacity and research have meant the world to us."
The giver of this gift receives the gift of appreciation in return. And according to happiness guru, Martin Seligman, appreciation is the shortest shortcut to happiness.
My message to our youth: give yourselves the gift of happiness by being generous to others.