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Meet Enzo, my newest recruit and friend.
He has a lot of qualities. He is kind yet very energetic, determined yet not one to take things too seriously. Above all - he is likable. I mean really likable. People of all ages and genders gets drawn to him, but more importantly – he draws out a happier version of the people he meets. It's of importance to me because that means every person I have met this week has greeted me (or in fairness, Enzo) with a warm smile, laughter, or a few kind words. After just one week, I am surprised how profoundly that has improved my own average feel-good levels.
I challenge you to greet everyone you meet today with the energy as if they had a puppy with them. No need for gibberish baby-talk or petting of any kind – that would be ridiculous – just use the same positive energy. Try it for a day and share your experience in the comments below. Or, if a day is too much energy to handle, just do it for an hour. There is a lesson to learn here, trust me.
In fact, it reminds me of the motto of a late friend and client of mine.
– A life with positive energy really only takes 20 minutes of effort per day, he said. – Even if you don't feel like it, put a smile on your face for the first five minutes when you wake up and meet your spouse and family, for another five minutes when you get to work, for five minutes when you come home from work and the last five minutes before you go to sleep. Do this, he said, and everything else will fall into place, meaning that there are so many of our emotions and actions that are mere reflections of the people we meet, that if you consistently and consiously meet people with a positive energy, that's what you will get in return.
So, enough with the life-coach rants? I hear you.
But here's to learning from your friends. New or absent. Dog or man.