Micro-moment of Connection

UNC Professor Barbara Fredrickson – an expert in positive emotions – has defined love as “micro-moments of connection between people, even strangers.” Tell us about a time when you experienced a “micro-moment of connection.” What did you learn?

Splashing in the pool, I’m wearing my one-piece, per camp policy. My girls are holding hands with me, running around in a circle, attempting to create a whirlpool. It’s the summer of 2013, and I’m a Counselor-In-Training at YMCA Camp Cheerio.

I glance at the lounge chairs, and spot one of my campers sitting alone. “Mindy, why aren’t you getting in?” I ask. She whispers to me that she can’t swim. Her embarrassment is obvious, as she looks at the ground in her purple tankini. I felt a wave of empathy and immediately, walk towards the lake to fetch a lifejacket for her. Fifteen minutes later, I return holding two life jackets. As Mindy slips into hers, still embarrassed, she looks at me with wide eyes as I put on the other one. “But you can swim!” she pleads. I shrug my shoulders and grab her hand as we make our way to the diving boards. We each climb onto one and do cannonballs into the deep end. We both see the other girls climbing out of the pool, rushing to the lifejacket bin.

Since there were only three lifejackets left, the girls fought over them, and ended up taking turns. I turn to Mindy with a smile, and she gives me a beaming smile back. I could tell that she had felt a little left out these past few days, and she had...

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