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I Smile At Strangers

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    Most of my life I have been in

    such a hurry and so focused I was expressionless when going from place A to place B. As I have aged, I realize the power of smiling at strangers. Even if there is nothing in it for me, I smile because I know receiving a smile from a stranger makes me a feel a bit better. Of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 18, 2014

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    I smile at strangers.

    The way I see it, it's somewhat of an occupational hazard. You see, I am a waitress. And the most important part of a waiter's kit, is the smile - fake or otherwise. Faking smiles at difficult customers gets easier over time, and by the end you find yourself smiling at everyone...
    Lullacus Lullacus 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2014

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    Well I say hello to all I pass on the street.

    .. with a smile .. they say hi back some don't. ... the ones that say hi back and seam surprised the ones that don't just look down. ... it is okay because I say hello to everyone I pass.
    kerac kerac 51-55, M Jan 2

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    my Mum taught me to. So

    now its a habit 😱
    kidbotnik kidbotnik 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2014

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    It's amazing how such a small gesture can

    emanate such immeasurable results! 😊
    Loverofpeace Loverofpeace 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    Alot of people say different things about my

    smile that i have a beautiful smile or that i smile alot or that im always smiling which is all true im always smiling or laughing and i just randomly smile at random people (: *smile * haha
    Dezitorsmilez Dezitorsmilez 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 22

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    Your smile could be the last piece of hope to

    someone's heart, don't hold it with greed spread it with love, and see the world revive back to life. Update: I been practicing that since I wrote it and honestly I was shocked that this kindness to others was repaid 10 times more and it makes your day very valuable and theirs...
    deleted deleted 26-30 12 Responses Jun 13, 2014

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    Emariat Emariat 31-35, F 19 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    Really I smile at everyone,

    it can make a person's day
    supergullible supergullible 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    During my daily travels in the city I love to

    smile as I pass strangers on the street, at the mall, and at other places. I love to make a stranger smile, so I take the first step by smiling and saying hello to others. I love to make a person's day a little brighter through a smile and a kind word.
    singleandpregnantmom singleandpregnantmom 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    I grew up in a fairly small city in California

    where it was pretty normal to smile at strangers. After moving to a big city in another country, I quickly found out that smiling a lot is not part of the culture, and super smiley foriegners tend to scare people. hehe
    akamissw akamissw 31-35, F 9 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    What's the harm in it?

    If they don't smile back, that's their issue. I don't glare at people. Gotta do something with your face when someone looks at you :)
    IngensImpetum IngensImpetum 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 15

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    And when they smile back,

    it's just.. Great!
    1unar 1unar 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2014

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    I've started to smile to strangers recently.

    I've gotten some weirded out looks sometimes lol, but I'm just trying to share positivity. I think we all are so immersed into electronics, staring at your phone, checking Facebook and minding our own business that we don't notice the people around us. I've done that for a long...
    AlpacassoLover AlpacassoLover 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 13, 2014

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    UntilTheEnd UntilTheEnd 31-35 2 Responses a week ago

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    Life is short, so smile at

    as many people you come across daily, spread the happiness and keep smiling
    ron99906 ron99906 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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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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    It's just a habit I have.

    I actually never stop smiling unless I'm home in my bed. That's when my face muscles get rest 😂
    Woot2u Woot2u 18-21, M Feb 8

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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 2 Responses Feb 11, 2014

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    In my line of work i see many people come

    and go,some look so gloomy and filled with so much woeothers just ooze happiness as they stop and say hello.But the thing that i know will make someone's day feel more worthwhileis when im giving them my full attention and a service with a smile.As a smile can mean so much and...
    lilreddress lilreddress 36-40, F 15 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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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 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    I've been doing it more

    and more lately. The responses are mind-blowing. 😮 lol .
    AliForever AliForever 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2014

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    Suddenly so many males adding me

    and sending me messages. Whatsup guys? I u wanna talk.. then dont bore me... And please dont add me coz i dont add strangers to my circle.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    I'm almost always smiling anyway.

    A smile is something you can fake till you make. Forcing a smile when you're upset starts to release endorphins and pretty soon you're happy. Seeing a smile triggers endorphins and can make you happy. So make someone feel good and smile today.
    Thespistx Thespistx 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 20

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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 33 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Sometimes strangers can make your day the way

    no family member or friend can
    BlahItsM BlahItsM 18-21, F Apr 9, 2014

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    The thing that goes the farthest Towards

    making life worth while, That costs the least, and does the most, Is just a pleasant smile. - Wilbur D. Nesbit
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 6 Responses Jan 30

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    I smiled at at least 5 people at 7am this

    morning in my way to the gym. Only got one smile back. Anyone would have thought it was first thing in the morning. Jeez
    NeanderThom NeanderThom 26-30, M 6 Responses 6 days ago

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    I will give my smile to everyone but,

    only give my heart to only one -:)
    Lakee112812 Lakee112812 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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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 81 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    My love is 23 years older

    than me. We met a few years ago online via mutual spiritual interests. It was totally platonic but I broke off contact due to doing other things in my life, I wasn't quite ready to explore my spirituality. At the beggining of the year we got back into contact and basically fell...
    bettecc11 bettecc11 26-30, F Nov 16, 2014

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    Why do so many think

    that smiling is a sign of weakness? I believe it's a sign of strength.Last week I was at the hotel bar. It was a very cool & trendy place, and my first night there I had enjoyed a great conversation with two interesting guys who were both, like me, from out of town. But this...
    CaliforniaDr CaliforniaDr 36-40, M 6 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    I spent the greater part of my life in Egypt.

    It's an undeniable fact that it's pretty messed up back there. But they do not have the "stranger phobia" that is so common here in the States. You strike up a conversation with someone on the bus or the subway, and after a few stops, you have each other's numbers, and you'll...
    FryyM FryyM 22-25, M 5 Responses Nov 15, 2014

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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 2 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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    I love seeing people smile,

    it makes me so happy
    rubess rubess 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2014

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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 3 Responses Jan 18, 2014

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    Never underestimate what a smile can do.

    😁 have a nice day!😘
    TheNetFreak TheNetFreak 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 21

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    I do smile at strangers

    because that's the only instant gift I can give to someone I don't know about. I always get it back and it makes me feel good. Every person that I meet I share my smile.... at the back of my head I always think that it's God who's smiling back at me. It makes my soul happy and...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 11, 2014

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    Everyone is fighting a battle

    and in the end, we are all human beings. A smile may seem insignificant but it has the ability to change someone's day. Maybe you smiled at someone who had a bad day? Someone going through depression? Someone who just doesn't feel loved? A smile can go a long way. It can...
    ComplicatedGirl18 ComplicatedGirl18 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 3

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    I see frowns and they look

    so unattractive. So I smile. Not the "Let's all be giddy." smile. Just an easy going good mood smile with brief eye contact and then keep going.
    wuzgnu wuzgnu 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I love smiling , when I see a stranger I smile

    to make then feel better and brighten ☀️ up their day .
    Goddesslove3 Goddesslove3 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 8, 2014

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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 6 Responses Mar 13, 2014

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    I feel like all anyone really wants is to be

    noticed by anyone. They want to know that everything is okay. I feel like a smile lets people know that the day will be good. So if I smile at someone and they smile back I like to think I might have just changed their day a little bit for the better :)
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 2, 2014

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    I absolutely love to smile at friends

    and strangers too. I get a thrill in my stomach when I have smiled at someone and I have made their day. It just excites me to no end that I made someone's day.
    redheadinredgown redheadinredgown 46-50, F 8 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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    I don't mean to... I smile a lot,

    not really for any particular reason other than I'm almost always really happy. Most of the time, I don't even realize I'm doing it until I get a weird look from someone. Oops.
    minioreosarebomb minioreosarebomb 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 12