I Wish For You to Be Happy
The entire episode is 24 minutes long. You can listen to it here. (Note to Self, I wish you could embed episodes!)
At the end of the episode, Meng gave listeners an exercise. Every hour, on the hour, think of two people and say to yourself, “I wish for X and Y to be happy.” Go ahead, try it. Think of two people you know — or don’t know — and think to yourself, “I wish for Jack and Jill to be happy.” (Except… you know… fill in their names. Don’t say Jack and Jill because Jack broke his crown so happiness may be eluding him at the moment, anyway.)
I bet you’re smiling right now. Maybe not a big, beaming smile, but a small one. That’s what happened to me when I did this exercise in the car. I thought of my two people and said the magic words. And then Chade-Meng Tan pointed out that I was likely smiling, and I was. It makes us happy to think about making secret wishes for other people; good wishes that may even come true.
Set a timer to go off every hour, and either think of two new people or the same people, and wish them happiness. You can choose co-workers or family members or friends. They can be people you’re seeing that day or people you’ll never meet. They can be complete strangers; just someone you noticed in a restaurant who looks like he/she could use a little extra happiness.
If y’all are okay with it, I may send you a silent, secret happiness wish.