Want to feel more energetic?
Here’s a trick – try saying “thank you” differently. About a year ago I started trying it. It was a little shift, but the happy energy I got back was incredible.
As you go about your week, notice when a person does something nice for you. Everyday things. Like a server refilling your water. A stranger opening a door and motioning for you to go first. The trash collector emptying your bins. The barista creating a heart on your café latte.
Normally we might nod, say thanks, or from time to time not even notice. It's OK, we all do it. But this week, try saying your Thank Yous differently.
Look the person in the eyes. Smile. Then say something original. Some of my Go To’s are, "Thank you sooo much!" (emphasis on a long sooo). Or "Wow, that was so kind of you!" Or “This heart on my coffee is so inspiring, you’re an artist!”
The key is in the eye contact. Sparks can’t ignite when staring at a smart phone. Also, say something that feels natural. Then say it a little sloooower. The spark happens because you are literally pulling yourself, and the other person, into the present moment. Igniting a connection between two humans. Very empowering.
Have fun with it! Watch how the server’s eyes light up from being noticed. Maybe they smile back. You might start getting compliments or connecting with people you never would have. I can’t tell you how many doors have been opened from my new Thank Yous. It’s double rewarding if you’re a parent. You’ll do less reminding your kids to look up and say Thank You because over time they begin modeling your behavior naturally.
Our culture moves fast these days. Take a moment to forge some compassionate connections that will fuel you. Hopefully, one day, compassion will fuel our world.
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Let's do it! If we inspire each other, moment by moment, we create a world fueled by compassion.