Hellooooo! Is everyone hyped up on sugar from my candy cookies?! I AM!
Ha…not really, but I have been enjoying them quite a bit! Also, I was really happy to see that they were featured on Healthy Aperture earlier today. I always feel so accomplished when I get a picture on there..don’t know why! Next stop, FOOD GAWKER! (yeaaaah, in my dreams…)
Anyways, today I had to go to school for a bit to tie up some loose ends before graduation next week (!). I biked up and on the way there I listened to another TED talk. (told ya! totally obsessed!) This one was about the power of a crowds and human interaction.
It was different than a normal TED talk in that it was more a compilation of a bunch of different talks that had been done on the subject. The one section that really stuck out to me was done by a man who discussed the fact that most of our interactions on a daily basis with strangers is motivated by a negative occurrence. Sad isn’t it?
I kind of had to think about that sentiment for a minute to see if I really agreed with it, but once he started to give some examples…it did sort of begin to make sense.
He referenced the fact that if you are standing in line at the post office and the line is moving ridiculously slow, you might share an annoyed glance with the person in front of you or chat about how much of a nuisance the wait is. But if the line was moving quickly and everyone was able to go about their business in the timely manner, it is unlikely that you would remark to the other people around about how wonderfully well the post office was running today.
Its not the most optimistic of perspectives, but when you think about it…and as the saying goes…misery does love company. People tend to connect and identify with one another based on shared annoyances and inconveniences. That is pretty much a fact and would probably be hard to change just based on the simple qualities that humans possess.
What I do think we can do is try to make it a point to purposefully go out of our way to connect with others in a positive way! Tell a stranger that they look nice today, chat with a neighbor about the new flowers they planted in their garden, compliment the lady at the deli counter about her good customer service. Just make it a point to have a few spontaneous, POSITIVE exchanges with people you don’t know everyday! You don’t know how uplifting a little positivity can be from a friendly person.
[Be that one bright spot in someone’s day!]
And hey, ya never know…maybe positive interactions will become the new shared eye rolls that people are always having with one another
Just to cap off this discussion about positivity between people, I want to share some of my favorite pins from the week! They made me smile and I hope they do the same for you…
Have lovely weekend all! And for those of you celebrating Father’s Day…enjoy spending some quality time with the special men in your lives!