In our fast paced world with access to so much information at our fingertips it is surprising the levels of loneliness, depression and anxiety that our society faces.
Who would have thought that when we receive almost 100 emails per day, spend up to 2 hours on social media and 8-10 hours a day on a computer we are more lonely than ever before.
In an article I read recently we receive one hand written letter every 2 months in comparison to 100 emails per day. The time, energy and thought that goes into each of these hand written letters is something that is lost. The speed of texting a friend is quicker than picking up the phone and calling but are we actually really communicating with those around us or just scratching the surface.
I know personally that when I spend too much time on social media I find myself feeling a little down about other people’s holidays, beautiful families, renovated houses and picture perfect lives. Although when I have a catch up with my close friends in person (a rare event as we all have a bundle of children and busy working lives) it is an honest, open catch up with lots of laughs, sometimes a few tears and makes me feel invigorated and supported.
Part of the reason I set up my business, Happetite Food was because I myself had experienced how a thoughtful act such as sending a card, making some food or sharing a cup of tea can help with someone struggling with loneliness.
With such busy lives we quite often miss the signs of those around us who are lonely. Don’t be fooled by the number of facebook friends they have, how amazing their life looks from the outside or how much they say they are busy. Most people would be absolutely blown away by the simple act popping in for a cup of tea and bringing a sweet treat to share (homemade or store bought it doesn’t matter) and a catch up.
So my goal in April is to take notice of the people around me, ask questions that scratch the surface about how they really are and just do one kind deed a week to make someone’s day a little brighter. You just never know the impact that your act can have on someone else’s life.
Monique @ Happetite food