Interact with strangers, say hello, and, for example, compliment their dog. Interact with someone you normally ignore at work, like the security guard. Perform random acts of kindness anonymously to a known person, like leaving chocolates for the cleaning crew. Take opportunities to make a world a bit better, a bit more cheerful, and a bit more fun.
- In another video I talked about spending time with the most important people, and in this one I'm going to go to the other extreme and see if I can persuade you to spend more time with people you don't even know. Since most happiness comes from our positive interactions with other people, the more of these we can have, the better. And the idea is to get as much happiness from every person that you meet, not that you take it from them, obviously. The great thing is that if you get it, so do they. So, for example, why not interact with strangers where safe to do so and not too weird either? For example, holding the door open for someone in the corridor if they're coming along behind you, or saying good morning when you get into a lift.
Or smiling and thanking the person at the supermarket checkout. Or complimenting someone on their dog. People are always proud of their dogs. In fact, I'm positively insulted if everyone I pass doesn't compliment my dog. Maybe someone you normally ignore at work like the cleaner or the security guard, could be somebody that you could acknowledge today. Say hello or comment on the weather at least or thank them for doing the cleaning or whatever. Maybe even ask them if they need a hand.
Then there are random acts of kindness. I don't know if you've seen that great film Pay It Forward where a guy starts a chain of acts of kindness, where each person is affected by what happens to them, so they do something nice for the next person. I think it may not be entirely legal but someone last week gave me a ticket for the parking lot which still had a couple of hours on it, and that was really nice. You can maybe even do something anonymous for a known person like, for example, leave some chocolates for the cleaner with a thank you note.
There's a person in England who is making knitted graffiti and putting it on fences and trees in the middle of the night. We're assuming it's a 60-year-old woman but we don't really know, and whoever it is is making the world just a little bit nicer, a bit more fun, a bit more interesting so, well done, them. So, what I'm saying in this video is that it's possible to get quite a bit of happiness from interacting in a friendly way with people you don't even know as you go about your business. It's hard to plan, it's more a question of taking the opportunities when they come up.
But I think it's still worth taking a couple of minutes now to think about who you know who could do with some appreciation, and which situations, the train, the bus stop, the lift, the lunch queue, the airport, et cetera, where you could make an effort to interact with others in a more positive way.
- Misbeliefs about happiness
- Focusing on good
- Building gratitude
- Eliminating sources of unhappiness
- Reducing stress
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