The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

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Cheering Up Ill Kids

kids-artoonI’m currently working on a version of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend for KIDS! If you have some ideas of how to cheer up an ill child, or if you are a parent of an ill kid and you’ve seen what they’v loved (or what they have rolled their eyes at) please email me your suggestions for the book!

A recent study by UCLA found that things that make kids laugh really do work to make kids feel less pain. When the kids watched funny shows, they were distracted by the pain (not all that different from us adults, huh?)

Another study found the children with asthma who attended a camp (either a sleep over or a day camp) were more likely to be able to understand and use medication to pre-empt an asthma attack. Hospitalizations dropped 33 percent than the kids who had not been to a camp. The difference was credited to not just the training about how to understand their condition and how to treat it but also the confidence the children learned in being able to treat their asthma.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

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Blooms Can Perk Us Up!

flowerFeeling blue? If you can, bring in a few flowers from outside, or pick up a $5 bunch at the grocery store – for yourself! If you are able, drop off some to a friend who is hurting. It may help their attitude about life even more than you think.

In a recent study, 81 percent of seniors who participated in the study reported a reduction in depression following the receipt of flowers. Forty percent of seniors reported broadening their social contacts beyond their normal social circle of family and close friends. And, 72 percent of the seniors who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

“Happier people live longer, healthier lives and are more open to change,” said Haviland-Jones. “Our research shows that a small dose of nature, like flowers, can do a world of wonder for our well-being as we age.” (Researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

While the study focused on people who received flowers from others, we don’t believe you should wait for others to give them to you. It’s no secret that a splash of color can perk up not only your room, but also your outlook.

But here is a point that is noteworthy: “Seniors who received flowers re-engaged with members of their communities and enlarged their social contacts to include more neighbors, religious support and even medical personnel.”

Interesting, that when the seniors receive flower from others… they even sought out more religious support and medical personnel (no details what “medical personnel” means exactly, but…) it can’t be a bad thing, right?

So next time you are thinking, “What can I bring besides flowers?” remember, flowers aren’t such a bad thing after all. Then again, you can find 505 ideas in my book Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend too. (small plug-sorry!)

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