Today, I am excited to host Harriet Hodgson here on The Indie Spot. The author of The Family Caregiver series, Harriet is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and RWISA.
Take it away, Harriet. . .
How to Keep a Caregiving Happiness Jar
By Harriet Hodgson
- Get a large glass or plastic jar with a lid.
- Get a small pad of paper and a pen.
- At the end of the day, write your happiest caregiving moment on paper and put it in the jar.
- You may put notes in the jar daily or regularly, whichever fits your schedule best.
- At the end of the year, dump out all the notes and read them. Think about the happy times you shared with your loved one.
- Store past notes in a box and write the date on the top.
- On the first day of the New Year, start another Caregiving Happiness Jar.
Note: The original idea for a Happiness Jar comes from author Elizabeth Gilbert and I adapted this idea to caregiving and grandparenting.
Harriet Hodgson, Health and Wellness Author
Rochester, Minnesota resident Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She has a BS from Wheelock College in Boston, an MA from the University of Minnesota, and additional graduate training.
Hodgson is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is a contributing writer for the Open to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, and The Caregiver Space websites. Visit www.thecaregiverspace.org/authors/hhodgson to read her articles.
Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 talk radio shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of television stations, including CNN, and dozens of blog talk radio programs. A popular guest, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, bereavement, and caregiving conferences.
Her recent work is based on Hodgson’s 21 years as a family caregiver. She was her mother’s family caregiver for nine years, her twin grandchildren’s guardian and caregiver for seven years, and is in her fifth year as her disabled husband’s caregiver. Visit www.harriethodgson.com for more information about this busy wife, grandmother, caregiver, and author.