A strange but nice thing happened to me a little while ago. I was striding along, minding my own business, when this fellow, marching towards me, donned a huge grin and threw his arm to the side in a gesture which meant, “Hey! Give me five!”
What was even odder was that I did!
I have no idea why he did what he did, or why I responded positively, except that I think happiness is catching.
It’s always slightly risky to extend a hand to someone you’ve never seen before, but a good compromise is a smile. I am trying to smile more at people I’ve no reason to smile at, in the hope that it will spread a bit of happiness. I can’t save the world, but I can be responsible for my bit of it.
Photo by Yuri Kimura.