We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but in such a situation as we are, the world has made it a little hard for any of us to have a good chuckle with friends at a pub or even share a warm hug. By interviewing students, I wondered what had made them break a small smile during this lockdown and what they had to say was deeply heart-warming.
Zara Kelly, 19
I guess it has to be watching shows all together at once online and giving our opinions all at once – what I mean by that is there are a lot of new shows coming out and, with my friends, we all watch it together while texting our reactions in real time and it’s made me smile because we find our reactions either really funny or out of the blue, and then after we share memes and jokes and it’s just a fun time and temporarily makes you forget about what’s going on in the world.
Watching things that make me laugh, like either watching my baby cousins doing stupid things or other things like animals or people or whatever. What also makes me smile is cooking and trying new dishes and learning about the story and where it has come from, like, for example, I am going to try to make Japanese cabbage rolls and see how it goes and last of all, what makes me smile, is that not just me but a lot of people have come this far despite [the struggles] this situation has thrown us in.
Georgia Grant, 19
A few things have made me smile, I guess. Upon reflection I started to see the change in myself and my mindset, so I guess that change in myself where I have grown has made me smile, as well as my friends and my family for sure. My friends and my family always seem to cause a distraction and just make all the bad stuff go away for a little while and let me just have fun and relax instead.
Farideh Armstrong, 18
Honestly, what’s made me smile is going online with my friends everyday like I’ve had some bad days during this pandemic, but my friends never fail to make me happy.
Andrea Mendez, 19
I guess staying in touch with my friends and like memes and stuff. Going out for walks in nature and being reminded that life is beautiful and waking up to see the memes my friends have sent me.
It’s safe to say that we have all struggled during this Pandemic, some more than others. But perhaps reminding one another of the small things we have achieved, or that have made us smile is one small step to be a little closer together, even if it is virtually.
By Maria Benseler-Reid
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