Of course, we are all free to behave as we wish as we wander across the stage of any city. We can choose to be kind and open-hearted no matter where we travel. But when you develop the habit of noticing the effect that every street has on your mind and your behaviour, you start to experience streets differently. You sense their layers, their wondrous complexity and the invisible emotional systems that exist in the spaces between buildings. You slow down. And in slowing down, you become part of the fabric of joy.
For more of this Happy City excerpt, read on at enRoute: On the Sunny Side of the Street