Currently, I'm digging into Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, who is considered the guru of lifestyle design. It's a book compiled of interviews he's done for his podcast, and has lots of tips and insights from people who are considered to be top performers in their respective field. From what I've read so far, I'm enjoying it.
In one of the sections entitled "Three Tips from a Google Pioneer," Chade-Meng "Meng" Tan talks about a single exercise he does during his public talks that uplifts the entire mood of the audience. It only takes about 10 seconds to do. He tells his audience to think of two people in their lives and wish for them to be happy. That's it. They don't have to say or do anything after that. This "practicing loving-kindness" is that simple.
When I first read this, I was pretty skeptical. It sounded too cheesy to work. I didn't place much value on it. Then, I found myself thinking of two people to wish happiness upon each day since I read it (usually either in the morning walking to my car or in the afternoon walking from it). One at a time, I just visualized a person in my life and thought to myself, "I wish (insert name of person) to be happy." Surprisingly, I was in a better mood. I don't remember how long it lasted (I wasn't counting), but it was impactful enough for me to remember it.
Try it yourself. You just need to think of someone and think to yourself "I wish for this person to be happy." You don't need to put any more time or effort beyond that. It can be done any place at any time. It may bring a little bit of extra happiness to your life and the lives of others.
Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.