25 March 2016

What's Your Number?

How often have you been asked, either in a fleeting moment or at the start of a conversation,  "How are you?"
and to which you've replied "Good thanks, how are you?"
Probably too often to count, right?
I have been asked this generic 'pseudo-caring' question to the extent that I hated it when someone (either from politeness or because of their good nature) would ask me how I was doing.  I had realized that the question "how are you", which I'm sure was created with the best intentions at heart, was now simply thrown around, like a forgotten idea scrumpled up on a paper and chucked into the nearest bin. It had lost its meaning. No one ever replied to this common question with an uncommon answer. Someone could be depressed or having a less-than-pleasant day, yet still their reply would be "I'm good thanks, how are you?" So, eventually I came up with my own version of the same question.

On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the happiest, how happy are you?
In most cases this question is met with some trepidation, a weird look and then a number. To this day, I have received answers ranging from negative 100 to positive 11, and everything in between. But, it's a much better system than the generic "how are you" question- that I promise. The look on people's faces when I first ask them this question makes it more worth it too; try it and you'll see what I mean.

For as long as I can remember, whether my number was a 10 or a 3,  I would visit two sites. Firstly, www.love.givesmehope.com and secondly, www.givesmehope.com .
Both these sites share people's true stories of hope, love or inspiration. Many of the posts never fail to paste a smile on my face, and do a good job of lifting my spirits whenever they are low.

These are some of my favourite posts which I have bookmarked over the past years:

In conclusion, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the happiest, how happy are you?

Till next time-

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