We all know that there’s power in a meaningful connection. If you do not have a lot of time for deep and meaningful conversations, there are still many opportunities to make micro connections with another human being.
Each day presents us with countless opportunities to take a micro-step and make a personal connection with someone. Just think of all the people you see on a daily basis: the barista at the coffee shop, the security guard at work, or the bus captain. Initiating these moments of connection takes very little effort and has a huge impact on our mental health. It doesn’t require a long conversation with these folks to reap the benefits. It’s amazing how powerful micro-interactions like a smile or a friendly “good morning” nod can be. A quick moment of connection takes only a second, and you’ll both appreciate it.
You can practise this micro-step at work, too. Finding common ground with those you typically see only in a professional setting can allow you to develop a better working relationship with them. It will be surprising to see how quickly you and those you interact with will experience the benefits of micro connections every day.
By Parcsen Loke, Family Life Coach, Centre for Fathering.
Food for Thought: How important is it for you to have daily human interactions? What is the greatest benefit you derive from it?