An experiment for next time you’re with someone in a foul mood

I was at a meeting recently. One of the participants was out of sorts. It was noticeable because she’s normally the life of any get together. Not this meeting. There was a heavy fog of suckiness in the air.

I was wearing a cap because of the rain that day. On impulse I lowered my head to where my eyes were covered by the brim of the cap. For maybe 15, 20 seconds I flooded heart love in her direction.

When I looked up she was beaming at me, smiling the biggest smile. Until that moment, maybe 20 minutes into the meeting, she hadn’t cracked a smile at all. Something had been troubling her. Whatever it was, it had receded. At least for the remainder of our time together that day . . . .

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