These are difficult days. Because of the spread of COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus), events have been cancelled, places that we used to go to socialize have been closed, and we’re all asked to remain in our homes. Most of us are separated from friends and even family members. As important as it is to take these precautions, especially for those of us who are over 60 or have health conditions, the situation can be isolating and scary.

This is especially hard on folks who live in Kansas City. When we’re able to get out and about, our town is pretty great. We’re the home of some amazing restaurants, parks, and museums. Kansas City consistently ranks in the top 50 on national lists related to Best Places to Live, Most Livable, Best Places to Retire, and Coolest Cities.

One of our most distinct characteristics, however, is that we’re one of America’s friendliest cities.

KC ranked number 18 on Big 7 Travel’s list of the Top 50 Friendliest Cities because “we’re nice and tend to actually be interested in what strangers have to say.” Who else thinks we’re a friendly little town? Travel and Leisure online, FlipKey online from TripAdvisor, Men’s Health magazine, and Thrillist.com all ranked KC in their Top 10 lists.

How can we keep up this Kansas City tradition of friendliness and kindness while we’re stuck at home? It’s not as difficult as you might think! Here are a few suggestions:

Donate to charity: All of your favorite nonprofits are probably hurting for donations right now. If you’re looking for more ideas, however, you might want to consider charities that are donating medical supplies or providing meals to schoolchildren in need. One caveat: If it’s a charity you’ve never heard of, be sure to research it online before sending off a check.

Write a letter: Emails, texts, and video chats are great ways to keep in touch with friends and family, but a handwritten note or letter will be an unexpected surprise.

Purchase gifts online: There’s no need to go out to Target or Walmart. Send a little unexpected token of affection directly from an online retailer. Some gifts that would be appreciated right now: jigsaw puzzles, DVDs of favorite movies, books, craft kits, board games, even some hand sanitizer, if you can find it!

Share good news: Despite all of the bad news we keep hearing lately, good things are still happening every day. Search for online articles about acts of kindness or uplifting stories and share them on social media or with friends via e-mail.

Be kind to yourself: This is the most important tip. You can’t be kind to others if you don’t take care of yourself. Stop and take a deep breath. Go for a walk in nature. Exercise each day. Meditate. Read something inspiring. Make a list of things you’re thankful for. Learn when and how to wash your hands more effectively!

The Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton is a good place to be when you’re sticking close to home. To learn more, give us a call anytime during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!