We should identify moments of joy in the present was the main message of my previous post.
The COVID-19 situation has worsened since then. Several countries have re-imposed strict measures after seeing an upsurge of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths. This raises a question.
How can we be happy during a crisis?
Happiness and sadness both are temporary feelings. It is difficult to stay in one state for too long. Staying positive and seeking moments of joy need to be explored in all situations.
We should not feel guilty exploring happiness in a time of crisis. This does not mean undermining the gravity of the situation or not feeling the pain of others. It simply shows a positive attitude towards a situation.
Difficult situations and crises cause stress, depression and hurt. In one of my earlier posts – when you are two down – I suggested we should find ways of easing out the pressure and stress. This is necessary in order to get the best out of us.
Attitude matters a lot
Happiness is an attitude. Some people are never happy even when the have everything, whereas some are happy even when they are not sure where is their next meal going to come from. True, we choose happiness.
Sitting idle and doing nothing help no one. The attitude – I will do my best – helps a lot in dealing with the pressure or stress during difficult times such as COVID-19. Everyone’s situation is different but each one of us can do something. Just do it, even if it is as small as doing grocery shopping for someone, talking to someone who is sick or keeping in touch with families who need help. Every such act will make you feel good and create a moment of joy for you and others. Difficult times knit communities together and create opportunities for the humanity to shine.
I would fail in my duty if I don’t reiterate our role in prevention of COVID-19. Each one of us has to practice proper hygiene and observe social distancing. Our actions will protect us, protect others and will reduce the pressure on already stretched health systems.
Hope makes us take actions that bring happiness. A pregnant mother hopes she will have a healthy baby and therefore eats well, sleeps well, does her exercises and everything else possible in her control. A student works hard hoping he will have a good result. Mother or the student will not put in their effort if they are not hopeful of a good outcome. So, let’s stay hopeful.
I have already written no matter how difficult a situation might appear, there is always a way out. Like all, I do watch the news every day but I purposely search for, and share, what are the positive trends/ successes in the COVID-19 response; and inspiring human stories of care and resilience.
It is just a matter of time that we will have a vaccine against COVID-19. True, COVID-19 has killed a large number of people but a much larger number has recovered.
Aren’t these enough to be hopeful?