Week #124 – Back to Basics: Smile, Wave, Say Hello, and ask “How are you doing?”

(Photo credit: Courtesy of Gina Buongiorno)

(Photo credit: Courtesy of Gina Buongiorno)

Week #124 – Back to Basics: Smile, Wave, Say Hello, and Ask “How are you doing?”

Greetings Tribe — and Happy Friday!

I’m back in New Jersey this week after six months — and almost one full year after the move to Los Angeles.

My instincts brought me home — home to the Jersey Shore.  To the place where Spread Happyness was born.  And to the smiling guy who inspired it all.

Back to basics.

And as I re-entered the atmosphere here — and greeted (and was greeted by) so many familiar faces — I was reminded of four basic and simple ways to Spread Happyness:

  1. Wave Big
  2. Smile
  3. Say Hello Like You Mean It
  4. Ask: How are you doing?

These are the things I continue to miss most about Rob.  His big wave that I could see from a mile away, his voice and unique way of saying hello, his easy smile and laugh, and his genuine interest in hearing how a person was doing (even when it wasn’t great).

And now, nearly three years after he disappeared from this beach — I still look up from the boards fully expecting to see his silhouette, followed by the wave, the smile, the hello, and the questions.  It is the most basic of things — and yet it would be heaven on earth!

Your Happyness Challenge for the Week Ahead: GET BACK TO BASICS!  I’ve noticed in my own interactions this week that it’s very easy to skip the basics and get right into the issues that are top of mind right now.  And while those issues are valid and important and worthy of discussion — they aren’t always the things that connect us.  (And in some cases, they might actually divide us.)  So as you encounter each other this week, remember to count to four first…smile, wave, say hello, and ask each other “How are you doing?”

Spread Happyness — Get Back to Basics and Connect!

1/27/16 by Grace Church
© Grace Church

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