A new month means a new calendar from Action for Happiness. In February, the focus is being Friendly and there are 28 days or prompts to encourage us to try.
Being friendly doesn’t have to be a big task. Most of us are basically friendly anyway. A smile, a wave, a greeting is easy to give and can make someone’s day. It doesn’t take much TIME (my WOTY) at all – a few seconds out of your day – how hard can it be?
I remember as a child, Mum or Dad would walk us to school or pick us up after school depending on his shift work. It was about a 20 minute walk to home, and back in the early 60s we lived in a neighborhood on the lower North Shore of Sydney. It was quite a large neighborhood but our walk to school passed by several homes of people we knew. There would always be a friendly ‘hello’ as we passed or maybe if there was time Mum or Dad would stop for a chat.
In one of the homes on our walk lived an Italian family. One of the women who lived there was usually in the front garden as we passed. We called her ‘Auntie’ and although she couldn’t speak English at all, Mum and Dad would always greet her and maybe stop to appreciate her garden. I asked Dad one day why he said hello or greeted people on our walk even if he didn’t know them or in Auntie’s case couldn’t speak our language. His reply was ‘being friendly doesn’t cost you anything’.
Unfortunately, the world we live today in means we need to teach our children to beware of others, don’t talk to strangers. Yet we also need to teach them to be polite and friendly. It definitely is a fine line. We live in a world where for many, mobile phones are glued to our hands and faces are turned down to the screen as they walk. So much of life is missed living this way. We don’t appreciate nature, our surroundings or those around us.
Many have lost the art of connection, being friendly, smiling or greeting others.
I still believe you can be friendly and this calendar from Action for Happiness shows little ways we can be friendly each day. I believe that if you smile at someone they usually smile back. You just have to take the first step.
I do note though that there isn’t a prompt in the calendar for being Friendly to ourselves. Too often we put ourselves last, the mean voice in our head says unkind words to us and is definitely not friendly.
You might like to check out my very first interview for the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, where I discussed with my friend, Leanne from Cresting the Hill how to ‘Become your own best friend and why it is so hard‘.
PDF Version can be dowloaded here: https://www.womenlivingwellafter50.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Feb-2023-action-for-happiness.pdf
Do you find it easy to be friendly? If not, what holds you back?
What prompts from the calendar do you think you will implement in February? Share with me in the comments.
Have a wonderful, Friendly February.
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