“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” ~ Emory Austin
Like life, caregiving has its ups and downs.
Today’s quote reminded me of that time of my life when I desperately needed a smile…and didn’t know just how much I needed one.
That’s when my dad told me to “Keep smiling because it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” Yes, I admit I laughed when he said it. And many years later I’m still smiling when I think about it.
Sometimes a smile is the best you can do.
It can lift your spirit and make your tasks easier.
One of the fastest ways to smile can be to sing.
Too shy or embarrassed to sing? Sing softly, hum or do it where no one else can hear you. Or listen to a song and follow along quietly or even silently.
Let the song touch your heart and when it lifts your spirit you may find that your smile is almost automatic.
Smiling can lead you to finding the fun in little things… which can lead to finding fun in bigger things… and laughter.
Humor is an important part of caregiving. It can be the only way to survive a difficult situation.
Oh, laughing WITH the ones you love, not at them.
Humor can break the tension, and may be a way to reassure your care partner quickly and easily. It’s one of the secrets to help you navigate caregiving found in A HEART PLANTM.
L is for Laughter or Laughing.
A HEART PLANTM is your road map to getting through caregiving. To more than surviving – thriving – in caregiving.
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