10 Av 5771
Well, we're past the 9th of Av and you've read headlines, caugh up on family and friend stuff, now it's time to breathe, relax and relent.
My thanks to Shmuel Greenbaum and his “Kind Words” listserv. Today’s topic is Happiness-Producing Questions from Zelig Pliskin (one of the happiest people I know!) from an earlier edition of the newsletter.
Kind Words - Happiness-Producing Questions
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Directions to Live By
The author wishes to remain anonymous
Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum
Printed with Permission of Partners in Kindness
I was standing on the street trying to figure out which direction was the one that would get me where I wanted to go. A stranger walked by and I asked her directions.
What could a stranger possibly say to me within the span of seconds that could make me smile weeks later?
After telling me where to go, she apologized for not coming by sooner so I wouldn't have had to wait for her to come by.
From Kindness: Making a Difference in People's Lives:
Formulas, stories, and insights
By Zelig Pliskin
Printed with Permission of Shaar Press
When you ask people questions, you get them to focus on specific pieces of information and memories. It's an act of kindness to ask the type of questions that give people pleasure and increase their level of happiness.
Here are some questions that you can use as tools to help people access positive states:
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With his huge heart and initiative for one so young, may God guide him so he will be an inspiration and a leader to his people. (L. L)
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