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I Smile At Strangers

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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 7 Responses Feb 3

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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 3 Responses Jun 13

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

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    You can do it too! Who knows your smile makes

    him happy and he will fall in love with you. Who knows right? So share your smile. I love you!
    silentwill30 silentwill30 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Ipad not allowing me to ever "respond" to

    someone... Hey people who know about computers - WTF, right? C'mon EP!! You're an awesome site but then you fall short - it's been like this for MONTHS! I just don't know anything about computers except how to type. My shortcoming - i admit it freely. Something else... I got...
    milehighHeartbreak milehighHeartbreak 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 9

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    I can't help it. I don't know how people don't.

    If I make eye contact with someone it's just natural for me to smile at them. One time I passed a police officer with his k9. I am a huge dog lover so it's hard for me not to snuggle every animal I see but I refrained from even looking at the dog against my human nature and...
    seriouslysarcastic seriouslysarcastic 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 13

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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 13 Responses Jun 13

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    I know it would make my day

    if a stranger smiled at me, so I smile at everyone who pass me by
    DanishfromTheMiddleEast DanishfromTheMiddleEast 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30

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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 6 Responses Jun 14

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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 2 Responses Apr 12

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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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    You just don't know what people could be going

    through, I promise a smile can change anybody's day because it's changed mine.
    micahdianne micahdianne 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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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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    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

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    Smiling at someone you don't know could really

    change their day I remember i was in the mall feeling annoyed and then this cute guy smiled at me and i felt really good the rest of the day
    WendyDarlin WendyDarlin 18-21, F Jun 21

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    I smile and say Hello to everyone I encounter.

    Sometimes they respond and sometimes not. Either way, might just be the thing that makes their day!
    bethany444 bethany444 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    DannieO DannieO 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 22

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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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    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 4 Responses Feb 1

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    I love to smile at others including strangers.

    If I can brighten others by smiling and saying something positive, it is my pleasure and I get excited about it too.
    summerpoolparty summerpoolparty 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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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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    Did you ever notice at Christmas how people

    change. You can bump into someone in a crowded mall and they say no problem happy holidays. The same person will get nasty and rip your head off 6 months later ... Why is that? Same person
    firennice firennice 51-55 Jun 24

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    I've always smiled at strangers.

    I don't even know why; I'm definitely not the most outgoing person. The last time I smiled at a stranger it was an old man and he smiled back, tapped his nose, and it glowed red like a light. Pretty sure that was the most peculiar thing that has ever happened to me...
    youthberry youthberry 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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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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    It is often very akward,

    but I tend to smile at random people. Sometimes talk with them as well, completely out of the blue. It's strange because sometimes they smile back, or sometimes they just look at me with this 'do I know you' expression.
    dabram71 dabram71 13-15, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I love when I catch people by surprise it's

    like they don't expect the youth to be so kind or anyone at that. You never know how that single smile can change someone's day .
    7lee7 7lee7 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 8

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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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    phoenixfanatic phoenixfanatic 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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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

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    I always smile at strangers,

    whoever they are. I always wonder if that makes anyone's day, or if they think better of me for it. but I can't help but feel bad if they don't smile back
    galaxyclockwork galaxyclockwork 13-15, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I don't know if this sounds creepy,

    but I always smile at strangers.. Especially old people, it just makes me sad to see how they struggle walking and living life and I know sometimes just a smile is enough to forget about all those worries for a little while :) I usually get a smile back but I can see some of...
    NotYourWifey NotYourWifey 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Sometimes I see people

    who are looking really unhappy, stressed, or just vacant , I like to give them a friendly smile. I especially like it when I get one back.
    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 1

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    litzz litzz 16-17, F Jun 21

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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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    you never know whose day you'll make

    if you just give them a simple smile.
    hornewrecked hornewrecked 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    I always smile at people

    who look at me or I make eye contact with because that smile could give them hope and a reason to live when I was battling with thoughts if suicide a while back a smile from a stranger always made me feel better because it helped me realizes there are people out there who are...
    LoganAdele LoganAdele 13-15, F 3 Responses Jul 13

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    But I rarely get a smile back.

    I'm either creepy, ugly, or both
    CaptainBenza CaptainBenza 18-21, M 3 Responses Jun 8

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    At least I try to! Sometimes I would make eye

    contact at someone and we would have an implied "conversation" which is awesome and there have been some times where I would smile at someone and they would stare at me for a quick second lmao which is hella awkward.
    KyLeone KyLeone 18-21, F Jun 14

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    And I smile at them just like

    that :) . I love to smile and I'm usually a happy , out-going person. I'm there for everybody and anybody ! I've believe for a while , that one smile can change someone's life .. That's stuck with me . Always will.
    AliForever AliForever 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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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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    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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    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...
    Batgirl007 Batgirl007 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 25

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    LOOKN4NSIGHT43 LOOKN4NSIGHT43 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 17

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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 heard that some people don't commit suicide

    if a stranger smiles at them. I want to save a life.
    NTC123 NTC123 13-15, F 2 Responses May 24

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    My ex-wife used to tell me

    and I quote Bob you could make friends at a gas station in a grocery store where do you go. I asked her what was wrong with that I got no reply.
    ICRETO ICRETO 46-50, M 3 Responses Jun 16

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    I do... Sometimes they walk on by,

    but sometimes, it's almost as if it floors them, and they can't help but smile back... That's priceless!
    PanTex PanTex 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 28

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