Spreading Joy. I think that’s important, don’t you?
Really, can there ever be too much joy in the world?
Well, here is a really easy, super simple way to spread some joy around. And, I think because this is such a busy, crazy, often stressful time of the year, all the people that you do this with will be even more impacted.
It’s super simple.
All there is to do just listen.
Don’t you love it when you get a chance to talk about your life, your dreams, your experiences? When someone is genuinely interested in YOU.. doesn’t that make you feel great? Important? Loved? Cared about? When someone really pays attention to you, doesn’t it help you get present to your own life, to your journey and to where you want to go?
Here’s what you do:
When you’re with someone.. a friend, a co-worker, another parent. You stop and get present to them. Without saying a word, shift your attention to them. Who is this person? Open your heart up to them and give them permission to totally be themselves.
Doing just that will be amazing. Trust me, try it.
But then, you can ask a question if you want. “How was Thanksgiving?” “What do you wish for this Christmas?” “What was your favorite thing as a kid?” “What do you want to accomplish by the end of the year?”
And then listen. Listen for their dreams, for what they love. Listen for who they really are (not all the stressed out, going through the motions junk).
Listen for their spark.
Give them some space to just share. To talk about themselves and to feel like what they have to say matters. Make them feel important by paying attention.
Easy enough, yes?
I’d love to hear what happens when you try this. Drop me note, or leave a comment. Lets you and me, together, spread some joy in the world!