Borrowing a book from a good friend and work colleague has led me to thinking about the benefits that can come from sharing. The opportunity to borrow the book came from a fleeting comment about having borrowed the same DVD from another friend, but not having watched it yet.
I was met by a response of,
“That’s my favourite book of all time!”
The reply was also accompanied by a beaming smile that reached my friend’s eyes. Being somebody who likes to read a book before seeing a film, I asked if she would mind lending it to me. The following day, I was presented with a dog eared, crumpled covered copy of Memoirs of a Geisha which had been read, no, enjoyed, around 9 times. I am reading it as we speak, captivated by the story being told, and appreciating my friend’s love of it.
Previously, another of my work colleagues had emphatically told me about the television series The Wire, heartily recommending it, and enthusiastically suggesting I borrow it. The invitation was accepted, and Chris and I were quickly hooked on the storyline, watching 3 or 4 episodes in a row, unable to switch off until tiredness forced us to retire to bed.
The act of sharing something with other people that you have enjoyed can bring new experiences and share some of the Happy that you experienced too. Many people will ask friends if they know of a good restaurant, or could recommend a film if they’re planning to rent a DVD. How about making a suggestion before you’re asked every now and then, after all, there must be a reason why something is your favourite. It could be a recipe you’ve cooked and enjoyed, a book you’ve read, or even just a nice place to cycle or walk.
The best things in life are even better when shared with others, and the irony is that had I not borrowed the film, book or television series from friends, I may not have enjoyed any of them, so thank you to my friends for sharing their Happy.