A Simple Way to Spread Joy

[Throwback Thursday from 2015]

I like to spread joy and I found a simple way. I was using Chipotle’s web site to order Mother’s Day dinner. The ordering window for each item includes an open line for special instructions (like “extra sour cream”) but you can type anything in that field. Thinking I’d be funny, I typed, “Make it like you were making it for yer momma!” in the special instructions field. Then I was hit by a way to kick this up a notch.

With help from my daughter, Lilia, I put a joke in the special instructions field for each order. This did take a bit of work because there is a 50 character limit. (e.g. “Y can’t u hear a pterodactyl urinate? Silent P” or “What’s brown and sticky? A stick.”) I was curious about their reaction to the corny jokes.

When Lilia and I arrived at Chicopee to pick up our food, the guy at the cash register told us they had passed the food ticket around the kitchen and then he asked if they could keep it to put on their bulletin board. Bull’s-eye!

Corny jokes may not be your style, but you have an opportunity to feel good today. That opportunity is intentionally using your interactions with other people to do nice, kind, helpful, uplifting things for them, whatever your style. Spreading joy is win-win because in bringing joy to others, you bring joy to yourself as well.

Spread joy!