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Wellbeing Life Hacks

Life Hack in Action #21: See Others

"Hi, I'm Greg Dorian, executive director, Executive Director of West Midland Family Center, indigenous Midlander, member of the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition and also a part of the first wellbeing cohort. The Wellbeing Coalition is a wonderful group to get involved with if you're not yet, please do. The Life Hack I use is Life Hack #96 See Others. This life hack is about the simple yet powerful act of acknowledging the people around us. How often do we get lost in our own thoughts or devices, failing to connect with those we encounter daily? Studies show that taking the time to truly see others and connect with them not only boosts their well-being but also enhances ours. We all have an innate need to feel seen and valued. Even small gestures like smiling or saying hello can make a significant difference in someone's day. By offering genuine compliments, turning to face people when they approach, or taking a moment to inquire about their experiences, we demonstrate that we truly see and care about them. Time is often seen as our most precious commodity, but I believe that our attention holds even greater value. By giving our attention to others in an authentic and compassionate way, we not only make them feel valued but also deepen our own sense of connection and fulfillment. I strive to practice this life hack every day, and I've seen firsthand the positive impact it can have. There was a time when we had a guy working for us. One day, I walked past him, and I just smiled and nodded. And about four hours later, he came to me and said, “Are you mad at me?” And I asked him, “Why would I be mad at you?” He replied, “Because normally you say Good Morning, Claude, how are you?” And I didn't do it that day. I learned that day it was something he looked forward to every day. This is a great example of how this Life Hack can support your wellbeing and someone else. My advice for anyone trying this life hack for the first time is to start small, perhaps by simply saying hello to someone. Remember, even the smallest act of acknowledgment can make a world of difference to someone else."

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