I have observed that in our hearts we all want each other to be happy and we are always willing to make each other happy. But in the human form, that's another story.
While I was sitting on the bench at the bus stop, this guy stood in front of me and was blocking my view. So I said to him in my thought: "Beloved, would you mind just shifting a bit so I can see when my bus is arriving." He moved away. In thought I said to him, "Thank you, Beloved!"
I doubt if he would have been so willing if I had asked him verbally. :-)
I believe one way to influence people is to see them as their essence, which is Infinite Love. Then they always want you to be happy.
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