Today on the bus an attractive, muscle-bound, black man was sitting across from E and I rocking to an unknown sort of music. He was wearing a muscle-shirt version of this Magneto t-shirt.
I turned to E and said, “That guy’s shirt is awesome.” She nodded in agreement.
Then I motioned to the man to take off his headphones.
“Your shirt is awesome.”
“You know who it is?”
We chuckled at each others fanaticism. He replaced the headphones in his ear and I went back to talking to E.
He smiled until we got off the bus.
Happinomics is an Ad Busters article about how small changes to the way we interact with the strangers around us can make us tangibly happier. In their example, the interaction is talking on the bus.