Stephen: Fight the COVID blues by doing something nice for someone

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In January, Rachel Glyn’s husband of 36 years died of cancer. Two months later, she found herself stuck in her apartment due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions, alone and depressed. One morning, she heard about a local blood drive, walked to a nearby hospital and donated. Afterward, she tells The Wall Street Journal that she felt “exhilarated,” adding that “it felt wonderful to do something for someone.”

Indeed, there are numerous studies which show that people’s moods improve significantly when they do nice things for others. “Being kind is an excellent coping skill for the COVID-19 era,” writes Elizabeth Bernstein. “In a time of isolation, kindness fosters connection to others. It helps provide purpose and meaning to our life, allowing us to put our values into practice. And it diminishes our negative thoughts.”

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