When I was in London I talked to entrepreneur Josh Hanna about good places to live. We agreed weather is a big factor. "People always brush aside small talk about weather as just that…small talk. The thing is, there’s a reason people talk about weather so much. It truly affects the quality of each day," Josh said.
A few days ago I read The Big Moo, edited by Seth Godin, and I found it an inspiring collection of stories, tips, and beliefs around making your organization remarkable (summary here). One of the anonymous chapters discussed weather. It said talking about the weather is effortless and can at best act as a little bridge to further conversation, and other times just be an acknowledgment of a shared experience. It’s the seed of empathy. The author writes:
"Talking about the weather is egalitarian in its delivery, fundamentally inoffensive, completely accessible, no one is ignorant about the weather, even shy people are willing to share their feelings about the weather, and it’s hard not to smile when someone says, ‘Hot enough for you?’ "
I think about success consisting of overarching philosophies and tactical life hacks. This definitely counts as a life hack for social interactions. I’m sold.