If you need any proof of the power of social media not only to share information but to inspire action, look no further than your neighborhood. Chances are good that you’ll encounter many homes displaying cut-out hearts – part of a movement appropriately called Hearts in the Windows – aiming to show love to health care workers and others on the front lines of the COVID response. Or maybe you’ll see homes with teddy bears, placed there for children to find on contactless scavenger hunt walks.

Both are symbols from growing Facebook groups to show connectedness and love in these times of isolation. On my block, there are hearts in the windows, on the sidewalks and even in yards. Lots of love being spread around!!

I remember that after 9-11 most homes displayed a flag or visible symbol of their patriotism and solidarity. Now would be a good time to display your own symbol of connection during this new national crisis.

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