DO GOOD - September 21, 2006
I read a story about actress Ingrid Bergman. She
said to her director, Alfred Hitchcock, “In this scene I don’t
think I can give you the particular emotion you want.” Hitchcock
answered in two words, “Fake it.”
It may seem as if this famous director was
advocating insecurity, but he was just asking her to pretend.
Hitchcock knew that the way to start feeling a desirable emotion
is to act as if you already felt it.
If you act cheerful, you will eventually feel
cheerful. If you keep your talk civil and your attitude
friendly, with a pleasant face, you will eventually weaken and
destroy inner resentments.
Miss Bergman honored Hitchcock by saying, “I
have saved many arguments and wasted time in my life by
following Mr. Hitchcock’s advice when I didn’t feel polite or
peaceful. I learned to fake it.”
If people do what is right, in time they come to
like doing it.