365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles
Day 62. Thursday, May 26, 2011
Today a friend was having a stressful day. I wasn’t sure how to help her. She always helps me out when I have a bad day. I need to do the same for her.
I decided to do my best to make her smile. Hmm… what can I do to make her smile? What can I say? I wasn’t really sure.
That’s when I remembered my unusual hat that I happen to keep at the office. It was the right color to match the shirt I was wearing. Although I did just get a haircut that I wanted to show off—this hat is sure to bring a smile to my friend’s face.
I put it on in a very nonchalant way and just sat quietly working at my desk. I knew my stressed friend was busy but I came up with a false pretense to visit her in her office. She took one look at me and grinned. I smiled back innocently….
You see, I was wearing mushrooms on my head.
I picked up this ‘special’ hat made of mushrooms in Budapest a few years ago. It was so unusual I just had to have it. Who knew it would come in handy to make someone smile?
The Dale Carnegie principles I used in this story are from How to Win Friends and Influence People:
Principle 5. Smile.
From How to Stop Worrying and Start Living:
Create happiness for others.
My friend has been a reliable source for advice, a ready and sympathetic ear, a figurative punching bag, and countless other traits you could ever want in a friend. While my help pales in comparison to what she has done for me—I want to do my best to help her when she is stressed. I chose to help her in a very simple way—by making her smile.
Remember, sometimes the smallest of actions can bring a smile to a person’s face—and this may be all that a person needs to refocus his/her attention and to lighten his/her burdens even for just a moment. When you take the time to create happiness for others—you benefit by being able to enjoy the smile you helped create.