I Smile At and Say Hello to At Least One Person I Do Not Know

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    Throw a Stranger An Unexpected Smile

    I love smiling or being polite to people who truly deserve it,but who are not given that love and care (even respect) that they need by some members of society,because it makes you feel better knowing that you've made that person's day in some way.
    orangeblossom89 orangeblossom89
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 6, 2008

    all the Time, Your Positive...

    all the time, your positive attitude could turn someone's day around you never know. plus you're in life to push other people up not pull them down with a negative mindset and outlook on life.
    Lilacprincess295 Lilacprincess295
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2008


    In the small and friendly community I grew up in, I have made a habit of saying hello to random strangers as they pass me. I just thought, why not? Everyone else was doing it. If you walked up to a bus stop, you'd usually say hi to the people already there and usually that...
    Luangi Luangi
    18-21, F
    Jan 2, 2008


    Mainly, Belfast is very much a city in which this is difficult not to do.  Most of the time when you catch someone's eye as walking past them, it is natural to smile and then say hello.  So, this is experience has been part of my upbringing in a friendly country.
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    1 Response Dec 4, 2008

    I do it every time I go out somewhere I made it

    a habit. To a female I'll smile wave my hand and say "hello beautiful" and continue on with my business. I like to converse with strangers and put smiles on ppls faces. Life's to short to be angry. If I see someone looking angry or sad I swear I'll ask what's wrong and hear...
    gow90 gow90
    18-21, M
    Oct 22, 2014
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    1 Response Sep 17, 2014


    Well, I have been married for 29 years and just realize that I have no happiness in that marriage. My husband was just using me, and it's sad because I gave him all those years in my life, now I may ending being by myself.
    koileau koileau
    56-60, F
    May 13, 2012

    Tip: don't do it to a group

    if girls that just walked out of Starbucks . They'll give you dirty looks .
    oliviathompson oliviathompson
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2014

    I once at university saw the documentary film

    "The Bridge" about people who commit suicide jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. One survivor of this - someone who had changed his mind - said during his interview, that he had decided that he would walk to the middle of the bridge from his home, and jump...
    MrsArrington MrsArrington
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Oct 27, 2015

    I Do

    hey i do it at least once a day, and if that person becomes a regular in my route to work or at work then is still the same because i do not know them but feels good to say hello
    cogliostro cogliostro
    31-35, M
    Nov 21, 2011

    Especially if I'm travelling.

    Using public transport allows you the Oppertunity to do this often.
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Sep 16, 2014

    A Smile Can Make Someones Day

    Your walking down a street and you see someone you don't know what does it hurt to give them a quick smile and hello you never know you just might get the same back not only that you might be making that persons day. It costs nothing to be nice and the rewards it can bring are...
    gelroller gelroller
    46-50, M
    1 Response Aug 23, 2012

    I say hello and have a nice day to strangers I

    don't know. That's being a nice person. Now having a convo with someone I don't know. I really don't know if i would do that. Some people are *******'s once you try to have a Conversation with them. Others are a weirdo you have to watch out for weirdo's. I don't smile at people...
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    Aug 8, 2014

    I hit everybody with a hello

    and a smile! If they don't smile or say hello back, just keep walking!!
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    Oct 22, 2014
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997
    18-21, F
    Oct 22, 2014
    VixonJasmine VixonJasmine
    18-21, F
    Oct 26, 2015
    karaforever96 karaforever96
    18-21, F
    Oct 22, 2014

    What?! It's fun I do it ALL THE TIME !

    I'LL SAY RANDOM **** ! AND STUFF ! I REMEMBER SAYING HI TO ALOT OF PEOPLE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW!okay over excited! Does anyone else do this?
    emmawinterfrost emmawinterfrost
    16-17, F
    Apr 13, 2014

    Every Day

     I work in a hospital and everyday I see people walking the corridors looking lost, alone, afraid and so I smile, I say hello, I nod in their direction, to let them know that they have been acknowledged, that they have been seen and that someone has taken the time to make that...
    lostlittlefirefly lostlittlefirefly
    36-40, F
    36 Responses May 16, 2012

    This is so fake sia.I don't

    even talk or smile at stranger .
    myraaxx myraaxx
    16-17, F
    Aug 20, 2014

    Happy Smile

    today i saw someone in a power chair i smile at them and said hello they smile back  it made me think if you are sad just smile at someone you do not no and say hello they will give you a smile and that also made me happy i was feeling a little bad before i smile at them...
    rott10 rott10
    Aug 6, 2008

    Every Day....

    I grew up in the South where we do this every day.  We even wave at passing drivers whether we know them or not. Now I have learned that jeeps when passing each other have a special wave.  I had thought that was just a harley rider thing...apparently not...LOL
    Lexus Lexus
    36-40, F
    Jan 1, 2008

    Alice In Wonderland By Salvador Dali

      You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the  whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll  be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. ...
    007L 007L
    51-55, M
    Dec 4, 2010


    Generally, I am a happy, fun, life loving person. After recent events, I have not been that person and am make strives to return to normal. But one thing that did not change, is I still smile and say hello to people I do not know. I am not sure why I do it. I have many...
    redphoenix911 redphoenix911
    41-45, M
    Nov 21, 2011

    I Love doing this!!!!

    And I also love when people do this to me:)
    Izy96 Izy96
    18-21, F
    Oct 23, 2014

    I make a lot of friends cause of this.

    I don't just walk up to them. All they do is smile back and say hi.
    BeautifulDayDream BeautifulDayDream
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2014


    I love to share a smile with someone new everyday. without a smile then we would all be miserable. I think one smile has the power to light up the world. IF you see someone smile, you cant help but smile.
    firestarterfairy firestarterfairy
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 14, 2008

    I actually always smile at people.

    Its my kinda way to hide the extreme anxiety I feel when people look at me. The smile is probably extremely creepy though.
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    8 Responses Oct 28, 2015

    I say hi or hello to just about anyone I come

    across. I have to do it at work but I just enjoy it with a smile :) (honestly And oddly enough I hardly ever get into conversations with anyone though)
    AzureTiger AzureTiger
    22-25, F
    Oct 23, 2014

    It's amazing what a smile

    and a simple "hello" to a complete stranger could do. Someone could be having a horrible day and just one random person acknowledging their presence is enough to turn their whole day around. So take the time to show off your beautiful smile and see how many return the favor...
    Philli8807 Philli8807
    26-30, F
    Sep 16, 2014

    I am one who believes

    that a simple smile could turn anyone's day around. Someone could've just had a fight with someone, or simply feel over looked and lonely, and a simple smile or hello could make all the difference in their mood. Knowing that someone cares enough to acknowledge you certainly...
    PrincessKayleigh PrincessKayleigh
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 24, 2014

    Friends <3

    You know the one thing i know about friends is that their there for you. Even through the hardest times their always there to hellp. When you get into fights there aways there and keep your back, they beilve you no matter what. well i know this because i was on facebook and this...
    highschoolgirlslife highschoolgirlslife
    Apr 11, 2012

    Smiles & Words

    Words can cut to the Bone or lift You to the Sky. A Smile or Kind word will never hurt anyone.If this was practiced more often, the world would be a better place to Live.   Your Friend Always,  Shorty
    countryboy52 countryboy52
    26-30, M
    Aug 2, 2008

    I smile at everyone I see,

    regardless of who they are. You never know how one small action can completely affect someone or change their day.
    Xo12345 Xo12345
    18-21, F
    Aug 5, 2014

    I Do This Every Day

    Being in the network marketing business and running a business from home, this is the way I get a lot of my potential prospects. I try to smile at everyone I pass by when I am out, being it at the grocery store, the mall or anywhere. I try to make eye contact first, and then...
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    2 Responses May 27, 2008

    GOAL to Do This

    more of a goal than a story...just think how much better a world this would be if more people made it a goal to smile and say "hi" to at least one person they don't know that day.....must be GOD DOC(swimmaboy)
    Aug 25, 2008

    We all start out as strangers

    so why not take the first step and say hello? ~Adelaide.
    AddyAddyAddy AddyAddyAddy
    22-25, F
    Jul 24, 2014

    I do that too and sometimes I do get a response!

    It feels good to be able to connect with another.
    In4u63 In4u63
    51-55, M
    Jul 24, 2014

    A simple smile can brighten up anyone's day :)

    Smile my friends 😃😄😀
    Life8227 Life8227
    18-21, F
    Jul 24, 2014

    Everyday, I Try to Smile An...

    Everyday, I try to smile and say hello to everyone. I think it is important to acknowledge people. Because everyone deserves at least that much respect.
    fredngrady fredngrady
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2008

    You Never Know :)

    You never know when one kind word or one smile could change someones day or even someones whole life
    uberwoman uberwoman
    46-50, F
    Aug 7, 2012

    All The Time

    Any day I leave the house, I smile at people.  I exchange friendly greetings; smiles, nods, "Hi" and "How's it goin?". And I reap a rich harvest in smiles given back to me.
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    Mar 4, 2012
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