“How are you feeling ” is one of the most powerful phrases there are.

We live in a world with a constant flow of inputs and infinite distractions, in a civilization where everything is on-demand. Rare are the mainstream activities and entertainment opportunities which propose to see people rather than digest content. With apps like Tinder, we can even find an unlimited pool of fellow humans to use and discard.

When we socialize the old school way, sharing a meal with family, having a drink with friends, what was on the Tiktok, Netflix, Facebook, and co. are often part of the conversation. What tends never to be mentioned is us.

When was the last time you took a real interest in someone’s realm and story? Aside from when we are taking a moon night walk with a love interest and trying to assess whether we would enjoy or just survive to be alone, behind closed doors, with this unknown alluring somebody, we might solely show interest for what brings us immediate gratification effortlessly.

The engineering of our on-demand world is impacting the way we interact. As our attention span has been proving to shrink in our environment of infinite competing distractions, our emotional quotient – already a scarce resource – might be suffering too.

However, we humans remain complex social animals. Even if we try to hide our feelings in colorful shows and to drown our thoughts in a sea of animated images, the most essential elements of our lives remain our relationships to ourselves and other living beings.

Seeing people and seeing ourselves is difficult in this phantom Eden. However, the best stories are the ones that people and our physical environment share with us. They are a precious gift allowing for deepening our relationships, enriching our world, and at times they are an opportunity to help, to show support and acceptance, to encourage, to change a life.

Next time you find yourself next to someone, why don’t you pause, and ask, “how are you feeling?”.

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Hi! I am an entrepreneur, social innovator, sustainability advocate, tech4good practitioner, as well as a speaker and advisor. I have chosen to dedicate my life to making a positive impact by inventing solutions to our biggest challenges and helping others be successful at achieving their mission. I love tech & innovation and work to build a fairer and more sustainable world. You can follow me on twitter at Valeria Duflot (@DuflotValeria), connect on Linkedin and learn more about me and my work at: valeriaduflot.com

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