Wednesday, July 11th: Here’s a day to celebrate everyday. Today is CHEER UP THE LONELY DAY. Lonely comes in many forms. The obvious ones are the elderly and those in nursing homes. Lonely can also be right next to you. Someone can be lonely and feel unloved and unconnected in the middle of a crowd. Lonely could be your next door neighbor. It could be a young mother chasing children all day without an adult friend for respite and conversation. Lonely could be your co-worker that goes home to an empty house with no friends or relatives.

Spread cheer and kindness with others. Take a few minutes today to uplift another. Better yet, consciously think of ways to incorporate a few minutes of kindness into daily life.

— Make a quick call to a friend, loved one, or relative to let them you you’re thinking of them,
— Take a few minutes at work to chat with a co-worker that you normally don’t talk to much,
— This weekend, bake some cookies and share at a local nursing home,
— Stop by an elderly neighbors house to say hello and see if they need a helping hand with a chore or errand,
— Send an e-card, or a short email to a friend you haven’t spoken with for awhile,
— Look around your world and see who might need a smile, or inspiration.

According to Holiday Insights, L.J. Pesek reports that her father, Francis Pesek from Detroit, Michigan is the creator of this special holiday. Their site states that he “was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. He got the idea as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes with no relatives or friends to look in on them.” He chose this day, because it was his birthday.

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