If you’ve ever attended one of my training workshops, you know I am all about civility and mindfulness. One of my “calls to action” is to tell my audience to say “hello” the next time they walk into an elevator and see how people react. Most people will answer back and smile. And that’s what touching someone’s life—even if it’s only for a nanosecond—is all about.
I was not feeling well the other day and had no energy. I wanted to cancel all of my appointments and hide under the covers. Do you ever have one of those days? Well, instead of staying in bed I zipped up my adult suit, got dressed, and went out.
Later that day I was walking through the lobby of a big downtown building when a man looked at me, smiled, and said, “I like your style.” WOW! I instantly felt better and got a spring in my step. I have no idea who this person was and I will never see him again, but he touched my life and made me feel better. It made me feel glad that I had forced myself to venture out into the world.
This is just one of countless examples of how you can make someone’s day by offering them a compliment or friendly smile. When’s the last time you held the door open for someone, or said “bless you” when a stranger sneezed? It’s easy to feel anonymous in this modern world, but these small gestures can create a tiny connection and make another human being feel great, even if it’s just for a fleeting moment. Try it!