Lately I’ve been experimenting with one of the world’s most powerful words: Happy.
Here’s how my experiment goes.
Setting: I approach another person. For now just imagine it is the checkout person at Target.
Me: Hi. How are you today? (The setup)
Them: Fine. And you? (Obligatory response)
Me: I’m happy. (Game changer)
They always, always break stride. They look up. They smile, maybe giggle. And then they say:
— You know? Me too!
— Nobody has ever said that to me before.
— That’s cool.
— Thank you.
It’s guaranteed we both leave the exchange a bit more upbeat. A little bit changed. Yes, happier.
I’m not making my happiness up. Even on my saddest or most discouraging days, I can step into a brief moment of happiness. I’m happy that Target carries my favorite Altoids Arctic Curiously Cool Peppermint mints and I get to go home with them.
Give it a try today—with a clerk, the drive-through person, your boss, your client or a colleague—and let me know what happens.
Any suggestions for another powerful word to experiment with?