I found this video online a few weeks ago, shared by the lovely Jeanne Male.
In sharing it she wrote:
A wonderful example of emotional contagion. Notice how your attitude shifts during this brief video.
And I know it’s Monday, and I know watching videos might take a whole few minutes…
But if you do happen to have a few minutes to spare, please do watch it, and see what happens…
(If you can’t see the video in the feed / your e-mail version please do pop over to the site to watch and enjoy.)
It got me thinking: that’s it’s not just emotions that are contagious. Not just music that’s infectious.
Words and writing too can have an emotionally contagious effect.
That doesn’t mean we all need to start writing happiness and sunshine.
There are lots of other positive emotional states that could be infectious, contagious:
- Words from the dark places of the imagination, sparking stories, creativity, desire
- Words that evoke curiosity, possibility, the beginnings of a sense of wonderment
- Words that are written to provoke, to get us thinking, to stir the sluggish parts of the old grey matter
- Words that come from the heart, a little slice of humanity, humbly offered, to touch the heart of another
- Words that are infused with compassion, pulsing with the music of kindness you’ll be itching to pass on
- Words that are dripping with the jewels of poetry: rhythm, beauty, meaning, nonsense
- Words that truth-tell quietly, reminding us of who we are
Words that ask simple questions:
When you think of words going viral, what is it that you’re hoping to pass on?