Many people are likely aware of the suggestion to sing “Happy Birthday”, twice, while washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly.
Here’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson showing us (sort of) how it’s done:
But Dan Pink has an even better idea than singing the well-known tune while washing our hands.
In his latest Pinkcast, Dan mentions many of the benefits of showing gratitude: it boosts our mood, sharpens our minds, and even improves our physical health.
However, he also points out that it is sometimes difficult to bring gratitude into our daily routine.
Enter hand washing.
Dan suggests combining these two beneficial activities – washing our hands and showing gratitude – into one. Here’s the video:
One side note here. At the bottom of the video on his web site, Dan includes the following:
A few viewers have pointed out that I should not have kept the water running as long as I did. They’re right. Thanks for keeping Pink green.
It’s a clever line about keeping Pink green, but having the water running for 20 seconds while not using it did not really bother me.
However, I am curious about where exactly he is. I’m not used to seeing outdoor spigots up that high. I’m also not used to seeing a bar of soap and a towel just randomly left outside and available for handwashing. Is this some special place just for successful authors and TED talkers? ((By the way, I will be showing his TED talk to my students on Friday).
If so, I guess I’ll never get to see it. I’ll just stick to washing my hands at a sink and keeping my soap and towels inside.
*image from CBS Miami