If you’re feeling bold, approach someone you wouldn’t normally talk to. Most of all, remember why you’re doing this, and remind yourself that you’re not imposing on someone by having a pleasant conversation with them—you’re making their day a bit brighter, and you should never be made to feel bad about that.As always, I’m very interested to hear what you think, and how these lessons feel when you take them out for a spin.
The idea that acting a certain way encourages us to Turns out the man knew what he was talking about.
A team led by Fritz Strack showed in 1988 showed that simply holding a pen in your mouth in a way that simulates the muscle movements of smiling makes cartoons seem funnier than when you hold it between your lips like a straw; other studies have shown that merely crossing your arms can make you more persistent!
But the same logic of “step back/pick one thing” applies here too, and will help you keep from getting overwhelmed or panicking about what to say.
Here’s an example: You: “I think I literally saw a cat and a dog raining down from the sky today.” Them: “Ha! I thought it was supposed to be spring.” You: “It must be really tough to be a weatherman.
Though, it’s really tough to practice unless you commit to TRYING it out. And there’s only one way to find out which outcome you’re gonna get.