For some people, these unusual times have created feelings of depression, loneliness and negativity. However, the best of human nature is rising to meet this challenge. With the constant stream of heartbreaking news flooding our phones and televisions as a result of the coronavirus, it might seem challenging to talk about being positive. Yet, staying positive is a crucial part of successfully coping during this crisis. Now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days. We’d like to share just a few of the abundant feel-good stories circulating around the United States and in our own community.
In Louisville, a UofL Health nurse created the Blue Hearts project. She has sent more than 20,000 vinyl hearts to health care workers around the world. The hearts are placed on employee badges as a sign of hope and support.
In Atlanta, Georgia, the residents of an apartment complex noticed when the medical staff at a neighboring hospital had shift changes and showed their gratitude by cheering for them. Their appreciation for health care workers is something we can all get behind.
New York City is arguably the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked health care workers not currently dealing with the crisis in their own towns to assist New York’s overwhelmed system. The response has been tremendously selfless and heroic.
In Kentucky, many people are feeling the financial strains from coronavirus. A landlord in Middletown is taking their renters’ burden into consideration and waving fees for the entire month of April.
Kentucky’s kids are even chipping in with uplifting, inspirational messages for our communities. Sidewalk art messages are popping up around neighborhoods across the state to remind our friends and neighbors to stay safe and stay strong while we social distance.
As Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says, “We will get through this. We will get through this together.”
Keep sharing your stories of positivity and community support.