Cheerful: (adj) noticeably happy and optimistic
At least a dozen times this week, I’ve heard the sentiment expressed.
Sometimes it is phrased, “It’s the least I could do.”
On another occasion it was uttered, “Well, at least you could…”
Since the human race is lazy, somewhat disconnected and suffers from being lost in oblivion, let us discuss what is “our least.” What is the bare minimum that we
need to bring to this journey to make it enjoyable for us and tolerable for those who surround?
- Listen until you’ve heard before you speak.
We spend too much time thinking we know what people are going to say and leaping in with our opinions. Wait for a period. How about this? Wait for them to take a breath before you advance your insight or objection.
- If you’re in a bad mood, show up quiet.
A complainer can silence a room of praisers. You may think what you feel is important, but if you wait a few minutes, the energy of others just might lift your spirits.
- If you are feeling cheerful, don’t be obnoxious.
Folks have aches, pains, fears, and maybe even bad news they are carrying. Give them a chance to recuperate from their damage.
- And finally, sustain.
What you’ve set out to do, what you’ve decided to feel and the way you wish to live–carry it through to at least the end of one day.
There’s a power in being cheerful, and that power is that it unleashes the possibility of problems being solved instead of merely debated.