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The Violinist Story

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play
    the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces
    for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it
    was calculated that thousand   of people went through the station,
    most of them on their way to work.
   
   Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was
    musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds
    and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
   
   A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a
    woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to
    walk.
   
   A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to
    him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again.
    Clearly he was late for work.
   
   The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His
    mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the
    violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to
    walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by
    several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced
    them to move on.
   
   In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and
    stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk
    their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and
    silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was
    there any recognition.
   
   No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best
    musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces
    ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.
   
   Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at
    a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.
   
   Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized
    by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about
    perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a
    commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive
    beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in
    an unexpected context?*

   One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:
   
    If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best
    musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many
    other things are we missing?

Happiness Motivates

A good article (Associated Press)-

Happiness is contagious, researchers find

 

When you’re smiling, the world really does smile with you.