This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.
If you’re anything like me, you’re guilty of taking business—and life—a little too seriously every once-in-a-while. (Actually, if you’re like me, you take things too seriously a lot.)
Not long ago I got a status message from Dropbox that reminded me to walk on the lighter side of life:
(If you can’t see the graphic, it’s providing an update on how many more files need to download, to which it adds, “a long time left. Grab a Snickers”).
I like this message because it’s unexpectedly light-hearted, casual, and funny. It’s also honest. It’s something a friend would say to another friend. More than a system tray message, it’s a great reminder to relax a little, and to communicate with people in a convivial, approachable, and direct way.
I know just about all my relationships—especially the ones marked by challenging circumstances—would benefit from a little levity. How about yours?
This week, look for opportunities to bring some merriment to your interactions. (Yes, I did indeed say “merriment.”) How might you be a little friendlier? A little more approachable?
Now I’m off to grab a Snickers …