Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

December 17, 2020

Bring on the Joy!

About The Episode

This is a holiday season like no other. It can be hard to feel festive in the absence of friends and loved ones. As we all hunker down in our own homes, it may seem lonely or insular, but there are still so many ways to find (and share) holiday cheer!

In today’s Voices of Compassion podcast episode, we share some of our favorite ideas for filling your heart and home with warmth, gratitude, connection and joy. Tune in to learn how to brighten up your holidays (and someone else’s)!

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Guest Info

Cindy Lopez

Cindy Lopez


Director of Community Connections, CHC

Guest Info

Liza Bennigson

Liza Bennigson


Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, CHC

Guest Info

Mike Navarrete

Mike Navarrete


Marketing Associate, CHC

Show Notes

From creating snow creatures out of marshmallows and (melting them in a cup of cocoa) to hosting a “quarantine potluck,” CHC clinicians compiled a list of ways to safely find and share cheer this holiday season. In today’s episode, CHC’s Director of Community Connections and podcast host, Cindy Lopez talks with Marketing Associate, Mike Navarrete and Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Liza Bennigson about their favorite ideas as well as the holiday memories they evoke. Guaranteed to help make your days merry and bright!

Guests: Cindy Lopez, Director of Community Connections, CHC; Mike Navarrete, Marketing Associate, CHC and Liza Bennigson, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, CHC

Holiday Infographic:

CHC. OUR FAVORITE WAYS TO FIND (AND SHARE) JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. "Nothing can dim the light that shines from within." - Maya Angelou. Set out on an evening drive, with cocoa, cookies & carols, to check out local light displays. Host a quarantine potluck, exchanging favorite comfort foods with no-contact delivery. Leave a holiday treat on a neighbor's stoop with a note encouraging them to pay it forward. Donate money you would have spent on holiday travel to a local charity or food bank. Create new, meaningful family traditions like making holiday cards for hospitalized children. Deliver festive flowers, wreaths or plants to a nursing home to cheer up residents and staff. Snuggle up and read a heartwarming holiday story as a family, just a bit each night. Offer to pick up donations from friends to deliver to a local food, toy or clothing drive. Along with their "wish list," encourage kids to make a list of things they're grateful for. Initiate a holiday baking or craft challenge and text photos of the results. Make spa kits for your child's teacher or favorite frontline workers. Launch a holiday home decorating contest in your neighborhood. Create snow creatures out of marshmallows and toothpicks. Wave and smile (beneath that mask) to everyone you see. Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store. Call a friend or relative who might be lonely this year. Make popcorn and watch your favorite holiday movie. Host a virtual game night, festive attire encouraged. Decorate your home office or Zoom background. Courage. Connection. Compassion.

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