“Happy People Are More Attractive”, stated a quote once taped on Stacy Soble’s refrigerator. The notion was to constantly remind Stacy that beauty and grace run deeper than outward appearances. And it was this very quote that played in her mind as she looked for a seat during a session of Serious Business 2013 held in New Orleans. Now, as Editor-in-Chief of Salon Today, Soble was helping host the event and very much looking forward to Shawn Achor’s presentation on The Happiness Advantage.
Equally enthused about hearing Achor speak and already in her seat was SoulSalt client Cindy Feldman of Progressions Salon, Spa, and Store in Rockville, Maryland. Cindy was attending as one of Salon Today’s Top 200 honorees.
As fate would have it, Stacey Soble picked her seat right next to Cindy Feldman and two of this planet’s bright spots met. They struck up a conversation, exchanged business cards and took notes as Shawn provided five easy, daily steps to experiencing more happiness:
- Upon waking each morning, jot down three things you are grateful for and pick three new items each day.
- For two minutes each day, open a blank word document and write one meaningful experience you had that day. Include every detail.
- Choose to do 15 minutes of a fun activity each day.
- For two minutes simply watch your breath go in and out.
- Choose someone in your life and send them praise by card or e-mail.
Later that evening when the session was over Soble noted that she was “extremely touched” by a sincere e-mail received from Cindy thanking her for making the event possible.
It was no surprise to me that Cindy immediately started practicing the daily steps for experiencing happiness on the very day she learned about them. It is also no surprise that she graciously and sincerely reached out and thanked Soble for her part in creating the event.
Cindy Feldman has taught me many things during my seven-year association with her. One of the high-lights being: Live your life with a low word to action ratio. Meaning – make sure that what you say is, what you do.
Thank you Cindy for your example and thank you for making my life brighter. You are ever out there shining like a diamond.
To hear this story from Stacy Soble’s vantage point, flip to page 10 of salontoday.com March 2013. Soble’s Editor’s Note tipped me off as to how Cindy touched her life.