In an earlier post, “Action-Reaction” I wrote how all of our actions result in some kind of reaction from others, and if you make others happy, chances are you’ll be happy too. I strongly believe that by making others happy, we make the world a better place, we really do.
It’s important making an effort to make others happy as much as we can. The people you make feel happy may pass this “happy energy” on to the next people they come into contact with, and those people pass it on to the next people they come into contact with and so on, until your initial “happy energy” has been passed on to a significant number of people in your area. By doing this, you could be affecting the mood of many people in your area. Even if the people you pass your “happy energy” on to don’t pass it on to anyone else on a particular day, you’ve still affected the way those people feel on that day in a positive way, which is a good thing I think. Maybe next time you do it to them, they will. If they don’t, perhaps other people you do it to will. Therefore the more people you pass “happy energy” on to, the more chance it will be passed on to others and you’ll be able to affect the way people feel in your area in a positive way. That’s why it’s important that we do it as much as we can, everyday. Just we alone have the power to affect the way many people that we come in contact with in our areas feel in a positive way, everyday.
So how do you do it? An easy way is by greeting people cheerfully, just like Mark does and wrote about in his great post “Aisatsu Wa Daiji Desune“. I myself greet some shop owners and other people in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture and I always feel happy after getting a nice reply. However after reading Mark’s post, I decided that I should do more of it. Mark really is affecting the way many people feel in Fukushima everytime he is there. I am sure that at least some of his “happy energy” is being passed on to others and affecting the way people feel in Fukushima. For example, let’s just take the hairdresser that puts down his scissors when he sees Mark to come outside and say hello to him. Amazing! Surely that hairdresser feels happy at that time and passes this “happy energy” on to a customer at the hair salon. Not only is Mark affecting the moods of people in Fukushima in a positive way, he is also creating a good image of Smith’s School of English because he wears a Smith’s t-shirt while doing it. His wonderful work in Fukushima is therefore creating a good image of all Smith’s schools and teachers , including my own Smith’s English school (英会話), Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi (スミス英会話塚口校) in Tsukaguchi. Imagine the impact many Smith’s teachers doing what Mark is doing in their own school locations can have on their locations and their Smith’s schools. We Smith’s teachers really can affect our communities and Japan in a positive way and and at the same time create a good image of foreigners teaching English in Japan.
The beauty of this is that you don’t need to be a Smith’s English teacher in Japan like Mark or me to do this. Anybody can do it. That includes you. Why not give it a try, today? Greet people happily in your community and make them feel happy. Make a habit of doing it everyday. The more of us that do this, the more we can positively affect the way people feel everywhere, make the world we live in a better place and be happy too. (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi