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I Smile At Strangers

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    It feels better to smile

    than to walk around frowning... That said, it seems some are so unaccustomed to kindness, like a smile, that they mistake it for flirting. I miss the '90's.
    Conversationgirl Conversationgirl 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    I love to always have a smile on my face.

    I love to share a smile with family, relatives, friends, and even strangers. Giving out a nice smile to someone should and will always make someone's day go brighter for them. I love a nice smile in return from others too because that will always brighten up my day.
    olderblondemom olderblondemom 46-50, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    It doesn't cost to be nice!

    it doesn't cost to smile!it doesn't cost to do good deeds,it doesn't cost to care,it doesn't cost to have manners,it doesn't cost to be polite!join them all together it's what LIFE is all about!😀
    Sandyshaw13 Sandyshaw13 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    A genuine smile can disarm

    and reassure a suspicious stranger. A heartfelt smile can warm your own innner being A fleeting smile can be enough to relax the nervous, bring calm to the frightened and enough to make someone's job a little lighter. Well...it works for me.
    tim65 tim65 61-65, M 2 Responses Jan 17

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    I live in a smaller town,

    maybe with the population of about 200-300 people spread out all over. While people tend to stay private in their lives, they also tend to be rather friendly. Whenever I am out for a walk with the dog or am just hanging out at the park, people wave and smile as they pass by. I...
    JustGetBackUp JustGetBackUp 18-21 1 Response Mar 5

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    Yes I love to give my smile away,

    it's free and came make just one persons day!! That's priceless
    Lilmomma1617 Lilmomma1617 31-35, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I am a very friendly female

    and enjoy smiling at others. I go out of my way to smile at strangers and those who seem troubled. I believe what goes around will come around too when you need a nice smile from someone.
    pattywoods pattywoods 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 18

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    That smile at me first :p P.

    s ignore this part, its only to fulfil the ****** 25 char limit
    Itsjustsomerandomguy Itsjustsomerandomguy 22-25, M Mar 11

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    Free

    It costs nothing to smile at someone. I think it is something nice that we can share with one another, even if it is a stranger. There is just something about it ... especially if you can get a smile back. It's warming and kind. Come on people ... spread the love lol! x
    deadinsideout deadinsideout 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 8, 2013

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    phoenixfanatic phoenixfanatic 13-15, F 4 Responses Feb 11

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    My eyes would be wondering around then

    if I catch someone's eyes I smile at them I might not know them but I smile and sometime wave at them
    ashleyloveca16 ashleyloveca16 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 28

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    Today I was walking through the park

    when I saw a woman crying. I walk to her and ask her if she was alright, she seem really sad so I smile at her. She just look at me and gave me a sad smile; she said she was fine and that thank you for smiling. She told me that I had a bright smile that would make anybody happy...
    MinYoung99 MinYoung99 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    ElleBreena ElleBreena 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 10

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    I like smiling at people

    as well as saying hello as its nice. Its something I have always done, and will continue to do. I believe the power of a smile in amazing and you can really make someone's day with just a simple gesture...it gives them the simple knowledge that they have been noticed. There...
    AX5625 AX5625 31-35, M 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Emariat Emariat 31-35, F 20 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    You never know what a person is going through.

    Whenever I see a stranger, I always flash them a smile just to let them know (or at least feel like) someone out there cares, even someone whom they don't know and have never seen before. You never know whose day you'll improve with just a simple smile...
    Boulier Boulier 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    If You Dont Have A Smile, I Will Give You One!

    i am not so shy around strangers , i go up to them and say hi! i smile at them and they smile back. i mean they are people too! we all need a smile once in a while... dont we?
    VictimOfCircumstance VictimOfCircumstance 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2013

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    I often confuses them

    which makes me smile even more
    riandj riandj 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 21

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    Smiles are like instant happiness~!

    ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ
    iCaii iCaii 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 3

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    kaloe108 kaloe108 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    One thing I took with me

    while leaving America, is to smile at strangers. From then on, this smile travelled miles across the globe and met many many people. You would be surprised to see how people treated the smile. An old woman taught me how to say good morning in Germany, a young boy in Switzerland...
    Hz228 Hz228 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 1

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    Always

    I am pretty much always smiling. I smile at every one.  Why the heck not?
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 30, 2013

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    For the first time in a

    while I had a good day. School wasn't so bad. I went out to eat with a friend & I gave money to a homeless family which made me feel good to know that I somewhat made a difference in someone else's day because I feel like I don't do that often
    omgchapstick omgchapstick 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    Smiling Brightens Up Everything.

    I personally believe that a smile can change someone's decision, someone's life perhaps. I don't care who they are, I mean all those people out there that I meet everyday even though I know that most of them... I meet them once in a life time. I smile at them, greet them, I try...
    bblairebear bblairebear 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 3, 2013

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    Never know whose life you could be saving,

    or day you are brightening.
    SpudKat SpudKat 18-21 Mar 25

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    Even though I get dirty looks from most people

    (which makes NO SENSE maybe they're jealous I'm happy?) and other people think I'm flirting, I still smile because there are still some that genuinely appreciate the kindness and reciprocate. Never stop trying to keep the kindness alive!!!!! Because one day it will disappear...
    kaye23e kaye23e 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 2

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    The World That Lost It's Smile

    This world is too cold now, people have long since forgotten what it was like to smile and bring something to the table other than scoffed expressions and aversion. What happened to people expressing themselves more freely? It's not so hard to give someone a smile or say hello...
    Lushiro Lushiro 18-21, M 7 Responses May 29, 2012

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    Smiling at strangers (for me) reinforces the

    notion that I am aware of your humanity. You are a real human being with everything that goes with that. In my smile, I want you to remember that... I want you to know that I consider you real and alive and valuable, you're not just something taking up space. And since you...
    MattB765 MattB765 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 11

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    So since it's a boring night I decided to write

    more about my experience with "Mike" for a background on it read my previous entry. So anyways the day after I had my first encounter with Mike I was in the front of the store making sure that everything was in place before we opened. I noticed a black BMW parked in front and a...
    jstellar jstellar 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I hate when I smile at a stranger

    and they don't smile back. Like I'm using my face muscles for you. You little ****.
    TheLadyYves TheLadyYves 16-17, F 7 Responses Mar 13

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    Pretty Sure

    Some think I'm the village idiot when I smile at them, but honestly I feel great when I do :)
    justme195 justme195 51-55, M 9 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    MadameMM MadameMM 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 4

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    Sometimes strangers can make your day the way

    no family member or friend can
    BlahItsM BlahItsM 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    DannieO DannieO 31-35, F 8 Responses Feb 22

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    But They Think I'm An Alien

    When I smile at people on the street, I get the weirdest looks.  You would think I had 3 heads or something.  After a few interactions like that, I stop looking at people altogether and just pretend I am one of them.  It's very rare that I come across someone...
    trixi trixi 41-45, F 82 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    I've done more that to a stranger.

    I love strangers. Then they don't bug me for more the next day...
    Letmecheckyourshorts Letmecheckyourshorts 22-25, F 13 Responses Jan 12

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    I love when I flash a bright smile at some one

    and catch them completely off guard, then I secretly think...yeah I bet I just brightened up your day :)
    Califly2014 Califly2014 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 17

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    Peace Begin With A Smile

    Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  
    MyNameIsCecilia MyNameIsCecilia 46-50, F 9 Responses Jul 20, 2010

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    wwonderer wwonderer 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    RadicallyGreen RadicallyGreen 16-17, F Mar 4

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    BeatTheBest BeatTheBest 16-17, M 2 Responses Mar 26

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    I believe smiles can change lives.

    I always walk with my head facing people, searching for expressions, emotions.. Reading people's faces. I rarely ever see smiles, which saddens me. Therefore I always walk smiling at people, hoping someone would smile back.
    caijedu caijedu 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 5

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    WELL. I say smile, but it's usually a nod,

    a tip of the hat, etc. Or I just outright approach them and inquire about their day...or some other childish but friendly act sure to make bystanders frown. :3
    CharlieBarrett CharlieBarrett 16-17, F Mar 8

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    I smile at pretty much everyone I make eye

    contact with, even if i know they don't like me
    kkkkbieber kkkkbieber 13-15, F Mar 4

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    Random smiles, tend to brighten everyone's day.

    I'm also a fan of holding the door for people. Waving when they let you ahead of them in traffic. Saying please and thank you. Having eye contact with the clerk at the quick stop and not using my cell phone while in line at the grocery store. My favorite is being stopped behind...
    Curiousitykills13 Curiousitykills13 36-40, F 8 Responses Feb 25

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    What A Shame

    what a shame you cannot give what is so easy.... so natural and so needed. a smile is one thing that always breaks the wall between yourself, and a stranger. now.. by smile i dont mean a lifting of the lip.. i mean a from the heart, twinkle in your eye type smile. one that could...
    SweetKiester SweetKiester 36-40, F 7 Responses Jun 8, 2013

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    Always

    Being a very friendly person, I smile at or say hello to nearly everyone I come into contact with. To me, it's a matter of common courtesy. Having no hidden agenda, I'm amazed at the strange looks I get when just trying to be cordial. People scurry about paying no attention to...
    pentupfreedom pentupfreedom 46-50, M 34 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    I walk a lot and smile at many people

    when I am walking , most respond with a smile- a few look away.
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M 3 Responses Mar 21

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    Cheesyboy Cheesyboy 18-21, M 5 Responses Mar 6

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    I feel like a smile can go a long way.

    .. In some cases the wrong way. For shame!
    jenneruz jenneruz 26-30, F Jan 10

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    I think it's really important :) It can

    completely change their day :)! Best point about smiling: It's contagious and it's free !! :D SMILE!
    nefelibata nefelibata 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 3

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    ceruleanwaters ceruleanwaters 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    A stranger fell in love with me.

    So I work at a fast food place and I have always taken my job seriously even though my co workers don't. I try to make every customer feel welcomed. I'm a 19 year old college student working my *** off to pay off school. So anyways I've been working at this place since I was 17...
    jstellar jstellar 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    You can make someone's day better :) Whenever

    I see people who are having rough day. I tell them "smile what's the use of crying?" :):):):)
    Reemiee Reemiee 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    It's just something I've always done,

    and I always try my best to smile at everyone I see. If I see someone who looks like they are having a bad day or just has a frown on there face, I always smile at them. You never know what you can do with one little smile. You can turn a persons whole day around. You can change...
    imjustemma imjustemma 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 1

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    I think there nothing nicer than to smile at a total stranger. It makes me feel good know I might have made someone feel better with a smile. One day when I was out this stranger...
    Aquamarine74 Aquamarine74 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    This smile you see, is not what it seems to be. This smile I fake, hides my body which aches. I am happy. My heart is scrambled, my mind is rambled. But my smile is strong...
    Canonomousjay Canonomousjay 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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