Yesterday I gave a Little Happy to a sweet woman who works at a store in the mall that is closing for good. I don't know if she does or doesn't really need that job, but it is coming to an end and she's as pleasant and helpful as if was their Grand Opening. People are scrounging thru the racks of deeply-discounted clothing and she floats happily thru the store, tidying up the messes they create and answering the same 'how much is this?" question 500 times, even though there are signs everywhere telling you the price of everything. What I admire most about her is that both times I've been in that store, she's sweet as pie. I like people who put that kind of happy energy out in the world around them and I wanted her to feel my gratitude thru that Little Happy.
I realized something yesterday. I'm pretty shy and feel a bit awkward passing these Happys out and it really dawned on me why. If someone came up to me and handed me a little feltie whatnot, I'd be hesitant to accept it. I'd wonder what the catch was. And I expect other people to act the same way and I don't want to be made to feel embarrassed by them rejecting my gesture. While I was thinking to myself, 'what a shame if people can't just take my happy without suspicion' I quickly realized -- 'it's exactly how I would react".
Passing these Happys out will make me a more open person - looking first to understand, rather than to be understood.
Happy Thursday to you all.