6 Ways You Can (Safely) Brighten Someone’s Day During Social Distancing

We’re a team of introverts who work from home remotely, so when it comes to social distancing, we’re already pretty used to it. But being alone can be challenging both mentally and emotionally. Luckily, we have a lot of options these days thanks to technology. Small gestures can make a big difference these days when everyone is feeling uncertain or anxious. So if you’d like to safely spread some cheer to your loved ones, here are a few different ideas for brightening their day from a safe distance.

Send them some greenery

Nothing brightens your day like receiving a plant or flowers when you’re least expecting it. You can have your favorite houseplant or orchid delivered straight to their doorstep without having to hand it to them from six feet away.


Video chat

I’ve been loving my Facebook Portal during this time. Having a toddler makes not going out and about really difficult, but we love having daily chats with his school friends and grandparents that we aren’t able to see on our regular schedule.

Send love notes

Bring back the days of having snail mail pen pals! Buy yourself some cute stationary and sparkly gel pens and start corresponding with those you miss most. Everyone loves receiving mail!


Make them a playlist

Remember the days of burning cds for your friends or making mixtapes? It was a true sign of affection and friendship. Make your loved ones an uplifting playlist on Spotify to let them know you’re thinking about them.

Decorate your exterior

There’s a trend right now of people putting up Christmas lights to spread cheer during this “quarantine,” but if you don’t feel like busting those back out already, get creative with chalk and create a cheerful message on the sidewalk or driveway in front of your space. There are so many people taking walks these days that it’s sure to be seen and brighten someone’s day.

Put together self-care baskets

If you’re able to support small businesses right now, curating a self-care basket for your loved ones is a great option that not only spreads cheer, but also helps local business owners during a stressful time. Fill a basket with your favorite self-care items like snacks, beauty products, candles and wine. If businesses aren’t open to the public but you still want to support them, buy a gift card so you can still help financially and the recipient can use it later.


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram