We are social creatures, and obviously, we are not made for social isolation. Yet, with the COVID-19 and its social-distancing measures are forcing humans across the nation, and even the world, to spend time alone or in small, confined places —more than at any point in modern history. And humans are one among the few species on the earth who need other people to survive.
The visible antidote to loneliness, such as spending time with other people, is currently not an option. Hugs and non-virtual chats may not be possible for the foreseeable future, and this might create a form of loneliness. The terrifying byproduct of the pandemic — which is loneliness — potentially damages the state of mind, and that damage can vary dramatically. Loneliness because of the self-isolation can increase the level of anxiety for a person.
There’s no point in worrying about our stock of food, whether it is enough for the lockdown or thinking that maybe our precautionary measure against the COVID-19 will never be enough. This can take a toll on us. But there are other ways to keep the loneliness away.
Expect the Best, and We Are in This Together
To combat the loneliness of self-isolation, we need to expect the best and weed out the negativity that often comes from the news and chat rooms. More than likely, you are worried about not having enough food, because you never intended to share it. Also, your loneliness might come more often than intended because you think that you’re in this alone, when in fact, you are not. This is why sharing is important.
A 2008 study conducted by researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia found that giving to others led to lasting improvements in people’s overall happiness. Michael Norton, assistant professor of business administration in the marketing unit at the Harvard Business School (HBS), conducted a series of studies with his colleagues at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Elizabeth Dunn and Lara Aknin. Together they proved that people are happier when they spend money on others instead of on themselves.
“People buy bigger and bigger houses, but they don’t seem to get much happier as a result.” - Michael Norton.
It is Often Said, There is More Happiness in Giving.
This is why The People of Asia, together with Six Scents and Liberty Society, are inviting you to support our community in combating COVID-19 in Indonesia. With your help, it would be a less lonely road, and you’d be surprised by the result you can achieve.
The People of Asia, together with Six Scents and Liberty Society are inviting you to support our community in combating COVID-19 in Indonesia and being ethically good at the same time.
By donating $15, you are providing 14 litres of hand sanitiser, 60 litres of liquid soap, and 200 masks.
These products will be distributed to Puskesmas (public health centre), low-income families, and service industry workers in surrounding Jakarta.
We all need words of encouragement every now and again, and it's safe to say that healthcare workers in public health centre such as Puskesmas, could really use all the appreciation they can get right now. There's an outpouring of gratitude for what healthcare workers are doing for us, but there's always room for a little more. Help Puskesmas and communities in need by donating here today.
About Six Scents
Striving to create products that are entirely derived from 100% high-quality natural ingredients that are good for your health and also sustainable for the earth, Six Scents has also created hand sanitiser to answer the demand of limited hygiene products available. Six Scents tries to help the Indonesians gain access to products that have been scarce amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, yet still aligning with their beliefs for better earth with sustainable and all-natural handmade quality products.
About Liberty Society
Liberty Society is a fashion social enterprise that aims to inspire through the stories behind crafts and causes they supported. Making ethical and impactful fashion items with the refugee community in Indonesia as one of their empowerment programs, Liberty Society immediately shifted their production into making face masks as their initiative because of the limited protective equipment against the rapid spread of COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia.