Leo Tolstoy famously wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
I’m not sure if that’s true or not.
But I’ve noticed something lately about one big difference between happy families and unhappy families.
And that is that happy families pay attention to one another, while unhappy families don’t.
What does it mean to pay attention to one another?
Let me give you an example of how NOT to do this.
I was speaking at a conference in Dallas and saw another speaker there, someone I’ve known for years but hadn’t seen in a long time.
I went up to him and said hi.
We gave each other a hug.
I asked him, “So, what are you working on these days?”
He took out his phone and started texting.
Without looking up from his phone, he said something about his upcoming book.
I said, “Cool, when does that come out?”
Without looking up, he said something else.
I said, “Nice to see you.”
And walked away, leaving him to his phone – which was clearly more important than I was.
Now tell the truth:
Have you ever done that to someone?
Have you ever been on the receiving end of that kind of behavior?
Doesn’t feel too good, does it?
The point I’m trying to get across is this one simple tip to having a happy home.
When you’re at the dinner table, have this one simple rule:
EVERYONE PUT YOUR PHONES AWAY.
You might be shocked to discover how interesting the people sitting across the table from you are.
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Noah’s Note: Put your phone down every once in a while.
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Noah St. John, Author The Book of Afformations®
Founder, Power Habits® Academy
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