National Family Caregivers Month Is a Chance to Spread Happiness

National Family Caregivers Month Is a Chance to Spread Happiness
The act of giving thanks is good for the soul. In fact, gratefulness has been linked to happiness, according to Harvard Health Publishing. “Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships,” the article noted. If being grateful harnesses personal positivity, it makes sense that heaping it on another person could do wonders for their self-esteem. For a person caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, a dose of gratitude goes a long way in helping them to stay the long, arduous course. Their loved one may not have the cognitive capacity to demonstrate gratitude or exhort their carer with positive comments like, “You’re doing a bang-up job.” Caregivers don’t expect it, but just as the positive psychology study indicates, gratitude goes a long way in cultivating personal happiness. This is where you and I come in. Imagine being able to sprinkle happiness like fairy dust simply by extending a kind word.

Give honor to whom honor is due

We can speak on behalf of a caregiver’s loved one, heaping praise and giving “honor where honor is due.” With more than 5 million people in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you probably have someone within your sphere of influence who needs to hear that their work from behind the scenes matters.

Cheer them on!

Intellectually, caregivers know they are increasing the quality of life for their loved one, but receiving a word of encouragement from you will speak volumes. The Alzheimer
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