Discover the Power of YOUR Influence

By Raquel Pereira, Community Project Manager

                            

Influence is defined as the power of people to be a compelling force on actions, behaviors and opinions of others. You may realize that what you do, say and think can have a strong influence on those around you. But did you know that it reaches much further?

As James Fowler, co-author of the book "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks," explains, what you do, say and think can not only influence your friends, but it can influence their friends, which in turn can influence the friends of your friends' friends!

 

How does this influence work?

You are more likely to influence the people who you see in person, and those who consider you to be part of their closest circle of friends. While it is the face-to-face encounters that actually influence people, keeping in touch with people online or through texting seems to be helpful to nourish friendships when you're unable to see them in person. Of course, it's also an effective way to plan the next face-to-face get-together.

 

It seems that what you do, say or think gives people a good example of:

·         What is doable

·         How it is done

·         The benefits you get from doing it

 

You are more likely to influence the people who you see in person, and those who consider you to be part of their closest circle of friends. While it is the face-to-face encounters that actually influence people, keeping in touch with people online or through texting seems to be helpful to nourish friendships when you're unable to see them in person. Of course, it's also an effective way to plan the next face-to-face get-together.

 

It seems that what you do, say or think gives people a good example of:

 

·         What is doable

·         How it is done

·         The benefits you get from doing it

How can you influence others to be healthy?

What you do is more likely to influence others as they see you do it, hear about what you have done, and realize that you think certain things are worth doing! So let your love for those people around you provide some extra motivation to be healthy this summer. Adopt a few extra healthful habits and invite others to join you when:

 

·         You try a new healthy recipe

·         You head out for some physical activity in the parks, trails or at the gym

·         You practice a relaxing activity such as a hobby to manage stress

·         You register for wellness programs or class through the community education or the parks and recreation

Do it not just for yourself, but for the power you have to influence others!