Has this every happened to you? You’re driving down the road and you see a car that you are confident belongs to a close friend, co-worker or even your spouse. As you’re about to pass one another you enthusiastically smile and wave. Just as you are doing that you get close enough to realize that wasn’t who you thought it was. Lol.
I recently had that very experience thinking it was my wife. Instead, it was a complete stranger. And while it was a little embarrassing, the lady in the passing car reciprocated with a friendly smile and waved back.
That’s when I thought – I wonder how many times that would happen if I did that repeatedly.
So, I decided to embark on an experiment to see how many people I could put a smile on their face, and create moments of joy for others. I did this over and over again several times, mixing it up with a smile and a wave and no smile or a wave.
The results were pretty cool.
If you’re up for some fun, try this experiment. When going about your day, simply smile and wave (if it makes sense to do so) to the people you encounter. The beauty lies in its simplicity; nearly everyone responds in kind, creating a ripple of positivity.
Now, flip the script. Choose not to smile or wave at the next person you see, and observe their mirrored response – a lack of warmth and connection.
Do this several times over; smile, not smile, wave not wave. I’m confident your results will become quite predictable – Every Time! A testament to the influence we hold over the atmosphere we create.
Whether you're behind the wheel, strolling through the grocery store, waiting in line at a coffee shop, or even participating in an online Zoom meeting, people will mirror the energy you project.
It's as though you've stumbled upon a superpower – the ability to instantaneously shift someone's state. Like a magician revealing a captivating trick, you have the power to awaken friendliness, warmth, and joy with a simple gesture.
This experiment unfolds into valuable life lessons. Firstly, recognize that you are a change agent. Your presence can transform any space, whether physical or virtual. Every step you take, every communication you initiate – through text, email, or social media – carries the potential to brighten or dim the surroundings. You possess the power to shape the energy in any room.
The second lesson is a profound one – the world reflects back to you the energy you bring into it. Infuse positivity, happiness, abundance, friendliness, and warmth, and watch as these qualities bounce back to you. Conversely, if you project pessimism, scarcity, and fear, the world will echo those sentiments.
If you remember nothing else from today’s message, know this: you have the superhero ability to bend the world around you. By adjusting your projection, you can alter the reflection you receive. While this may not be a groundbreaking revelation, it serves as a gentle reminder to actively harness this power for the greater good.
So, I implore you, embrace your superpower! Be the beacon of joy and positivity in every space you enter, every conversation you engage in, and every message you send. Wave wildly and smile brightly, highlighting the beauty of the day.
Direct everyone's attention towards the positive, the possible, and the wonderful aspects of your shared experiences. Witness the transformative effect as people light up around you. Turn it into a delightful game – count the smiles you create and revel in the magic of spreading joy.
Be, Do, Share the Good and Positive,
P.S. Take this and use it. Try the experiment today and share your experience with us. Tag us on social media using #GoodnessCreatedToBeShared and let’s create a ripple of joy and positivity together.