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Why don’t we

comfort each other?

You’re in the grocery store when you see someone who is hurting, whether from the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, bullying, or illness. What do you say? How do you comfort them? Too often, we don’t do enough, paralyzed by a state-of-mind we call the Awkward Zone™.

In the Awkward Zone, we’re confronted by second-guessing and doubt which often inhibits comfort and connection. Barriers like these have always been there, but modern life has made them stronger.

 
 

Barriers to comfort

 
 PACE OF LIFE

PACE OF LIFE

 STRESS

STRESS

 ANXIETY

FEAR

 SOCIAL MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA

 PHONES

SMARTPHONES

 
 
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In the 2017 Connecticut State University Research study on Club Comfort among participating middle schoolers; we received an unheard of 100% positive feedback from students, parents, staff and community. Program lessons opened the student’s world to all who are hurting, including the unrecognized sufferers and those they don’t know. Increased empathy and compassion were evident with every participant. In many cases, students with deep hidden hurts shared how they felt. They came to the conclusion that helping others really does help ourselves.

- Dr. Helayna Herschkorn, Psy.D., NCSP
School Psychologist

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How We Do 

What We Do

Giving comfort may not be instinctual, but it is a skill that can be taught in a series of practiced steps.  At Inspiring Comfort, we believe that there is no better way to learn than to “do”. Our process walks participants through various steps for learning this skill. We start by truly seeing those around us who are hurting, identifying appropriate messaging, intentionally reaching out and reflecting back to determine what more can be done.

Click to learn more about our Circle of Comfort

 
 
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AWARENESS
BUILDING

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SITUATIONAL
ANALYSIS

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BREAKING THROUGH
THE AWKWARD ZONE

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COMPASSIONATELY
CONNECTING

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REFLECTION &
SHARE OUT

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key components of

every session

Our programs, incorporating the lessons of the comfort dogs, teach how to “paws” to think, to remember, and to act. Helping people move beyond simple acts of kindness to spread true, lasting comfort. This process produces a full circle of comfort as lives are touched both inside and outside of the sessions.

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Skill-Based Learning – Every session goes through our worksheet based process of “pawsing” to Comfort. Program lessons go into deeper understanding and action.

A Personalized Gift – Our plaque is the capstone of all Project Comfort and Club Comfort work sessions.  These plaques are personalized, heartfelt gifts that make the receiver feel special and cared for with an authentic and compassionate connection of caring. 

Open Listening and Dialogue – During the sessions, an atmosphere of collaboration is created from the onset. Conversations occur among participants as they casually begin sharing who they are going to comfort, select their quote and design and choose the perfect plaque color from the assortment in front of them. Unexpected and immediate connections happen when they continue to share life stories and encourage each other.

 

 

Inspiring Comfort’s

recommended reading

Learn more about the crisis in comfort and connection with these must-read resources.

Smartphone Addiction Increases Loneliness, Isolation; No Different From Substance Abuse
https://www.studyfinds.org/smartphone-addiction-loneliness-isolation-substance-abuse/
 

Zero Hour For GEN X - Book by Matthew Hennessey

APA – So Lonely I Could Die
http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/08/lonely-die.aspx
 

The Lonely State of America
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-lonely-states-of-america/
 

Harvard Business Review: Work & the Loneliness Epidemic
https://hbr.org/cover-story/2017/09/work-and-the-loneliness-epidemic
 

Grief in the Classroom
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/01/13/376720559/grieving-in-the-classroom
 

Massive Study Finds Link Between High Screen Time & Unhappiness
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/massive-study-finds-link-between-high-screen-time-and-unhappiness
 

iGen – Book by Dr. Jean Twenge
http://www.jeantwenge.com/igen-book-by-dr-jean-twenge/
 

How Social Isolation is Killing Us
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/upshot/how-social-isolation-is-killing-us.html?_r=0
 

Poor Social Skills, a Danger to Ones Physical, Mental Health
https://www.studyfinds.org/poor-social-skills-health/
 

Survery: Most Millennials, Gen Z Adults Prefer Texting over Talking in Person
https://www.studyfinds.org/millennials-gen-z-communicate-texting/

 

 

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