I Smile At Strangers

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    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
    29 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    emilyccaa emilyccaa
    26-30, F
    Dec 8, 2015

    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
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Oct 2, 2014

    There are numerous older men in the world

    who are single and seeking someone special in their life. For all such men, AgeMeet.com has been created as a reliable online platform to find women for dating and companionship. The spokesperson reports that many older men have started finding perfect companions through their...
    signeccaa signeccaa
    26-30, F
    Feb 24

    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
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2015

    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
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Mar 13, 2014

    Particularly cute female strangers :) Just

    kidding. I think it's a nice thing to do and they always smile back
    irishblue irishblue
    22-25, M
    Mar 13

    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
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Dec 23, 2013

    Yes! It makes a difference.

    .. Just a reminder that we are not beings from another planet... In the end, we are humans and by smiling we show some of that humanistic element
    Genesis99 Genesis99
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Feb 16

    i smile at everyone and they smile back too,

    n really i feel great doing this...feels good
    safaabushra safaabushra
    13-15, F
    1 Response Apr 8
    Xo12345 Xo12345
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 15, 2014

    Whenever I put a coin on someone's hat,

    I always have a big smile on my face and I believe if they need my coin, they also need my smile too. I feel cheerful to do so.
    Anighttrain Anighttrain
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 15

    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

    I smile st strangers

    because I try to. I look away from awkward situations. I felt awkward in public HS because I came from a small private catholic school. I didn't know anyone or how to act. It resulted in 4 years of isolation. Got to college after thinking about what went wrong before. Here...
    9minute 9minute
    18-21, M
    Mar 8

    When you come down to it,

    giving a smile costs you less than nothing - it softens your heart and brightens your day right along with theirs.
    SilverSearching SilverSearching
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 26, 2015
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    2 Responses Jan 17

    It cost nothing to give a smile,

    yet the returns are exciting, or can be!
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 24, 2015

    Yes i'm smiling at stranger.

    I don't know his name. I don't know his life since 2008. But i keep watching and smiling at this stranger. You are so great. I love that you put a lot of heart into your performance. Your guitars loves you. I love it when you talk at camera. I love it when you don't stear...
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    Feb 24

    I always smile at everyone.

    No matter if they look approachable or no matter the race or age. It's incredible how easy it is to turn someone's frown into an uplifting smile. Some give me an awkward hello back or just look at me awkwardly.Sometimes, they're genuinely surprised and smile back. Other times...
    hoaa hoaa
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 21

    I was having breakfast this morning

    and a gentleman sat down at the next table. I smiled as I always do and we chatted off and on. He seemed really nice, and I thought little of it, but he was waiting outside when I left. I love to smile and be friendly, but it can be misconstrued.
    Kellyb1985 Kellyb1985
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 17

    I smile at everyoneeeeeee.

    ... although I do get upset when I see grumpy ppl staring and I smile and they just stare some more.. like... can we say miserable?
    Breeze82b Breeze82b
    31-35, F
    Mar 26

    A smile costs nothing,

    but it might make a person's day!
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8
    46-50, M
    May 18, 2015
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    3 Responses Feb 8

    I'm sad. Always. And I don't know why.

    And I don't know what to do about it.
    AshleyJea AshleyJea
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 21
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    3 Responses Feb 24

    I do that every day, I'm a trucker in the UK,

    everywhere I go, or where I stop/shop, I always give a smile for anyone that looks, it does feel good and usually end up getting a smile back, sometimes with their eyes.
    deleted deleted
    Dec 5, 2015

    I feel really good when I smile at strangers.

    Why? I don't know. But it just makes me feel so kind. I love smiling at adults specially if there really old. It makes me feel like they feel good about themselves when they see someone smiling at them. Sometimes is a little weird when u smile at a strangers because some of them...
    Mariaishappy Mariaishappy
    18-21, F
    Feb 2

    A kid at the park informed me smoking was bad

    for you. So I popped his balloon with my cigarette and told him so was talking to strangers.
    deleted deleted
    8 Responses Apr 27, 2015

    The act of smiling at a stranger makes me happy

    in itself. But receiving a smile in return is enough for me to skip merrily for the rest of the day
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Apr 25, 2015

    she smiled very nicely back

    and we chatted a bit.actually i mentioned how beautiful she was.she thanked me for the compliment.i then said,i wished i was 20 years younger and she replied ,im not as young as you think. mmm
    goodstuf4u goodstuf4u
    56-60, M
    Jan 12

    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...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Feb 3, 2015

    I only smile, some ppl do them - (my question),

    whose met a random stranger off the street and F'd them? I heard some ppl do this?
    Hardboy48 Hardboy48
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Dec 6, 2015

    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
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Jun 8, 2013

    So I live in suburbs

    and work in Chicago. So many people look away from others. I see so much Ina face that often I'll make contact. Not a creepy one, but just to make a day better. I love it when I see people with a smart phone trying to figure their way. I love to help many of out of town people...
    Kaman203 Kaman203
    61-65, M
    Dec 28, 2015

    I always smile at strangers.

    I believe a genuine smile is so powerful, and I like to think my smile might have a positive impact on someone else's day. Looks can be so deceiving, and you never know how badly someone may be hurting inside. My favorite part is when they smile back! :)
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Dec 26, 2015

    Sometimes there are days

    when I feel down. I feel like I'm just a faceless figure in a crowd. I'd walk with my head down, avoiding eye contact with people. But then once in a while I'd glance up to watch where I'm going and accidentally catch a stranger's eye. And then that person smiles at me...
    VioletVivid VioletVivid
    1 Response Apr 13

    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
    51-55, F
    6 Responses Jun 14, 2014

    I sometimes smile at strangers on the street

    and they smile me back and I see how these little nice things make my day a bit brighter!(Source of pictures: Internet)
    Anighttrain Anighttrain
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 21

    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

    Sometimes, not often I meet a person - a

    stranger to be more precise, who just has something in him/her that gives me warm feeling and puts a smile on my face. I don't know the person nor I really want to get to know... Exchanging words with him or her is not something that crosses my mind. I just like to see that...
    Gelezinis Gelezinis
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 12

    I smile at strangers,

    cuz a smile can change everything: make a crappy day somewhat cheerful, make a sad person somewhat happy & make a lost person somewhat hopeful.
    sammyydabest sammyydabest
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 23, 2015

    to smile at strangers,

    it's not weird thing in Thailand. if strangers smile at you but you don't smile them back, it's pretty rude. sorry my English!
    Bonatt Bonatt
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 15

    This world is filled with

    so much violence & hatred. We need to smile more. I love making eye contact with people and sharing my warm Texas smile with them.its my way of saying,"Howdy ya'll! Let's be friends".
    CherokeePrincess1019 CherokeePrincess1019
    56-60, F
    Mar 15

    There is so much more to a smile

    than we tend to realize. Certainly a smile can convey mood, or mask it in some cases. A smile reflects happiness or finding humor in something or simply being so at ease that it occurs quite naturally with no internal or external stimulus. Beyond the personal it can project...
    WellFrog WellFrog
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2015

    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.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jun 1, 2014

    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
    12 Responses Jun 13, 2014

    Never underestimate what a smile can do.

    😁 have a nice day!😘
    TheNetFreak TheNetFreak
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Aug 11, 2014

    I have always been more comfortable

    and open with strangers but usually had online conversations with them. But yesterday I wasn't myself. I left the house to go to a course lesson. I was late so I took a taxi. But the traffic jam was awful as it was around 6 p.m. .I'm usually responsible and don't skip classes...
    darkblue0909 darkblue0909
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 6

    I live in a small town

    now it's quite common, but I love making sure people feel appreciated and tolerated even if they're different from me. ??
    EHarber18 EHarber18
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Feb 9

    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
    1 Response Sep 18, 2014

    Ladies, there is nothing wrong with making eye

    contact with total strangers when you're in public. Not all men are out to do you harm. Some of us are being friendly. It's a form of non-verbal communication. Don't be shy or scared or creeped out or whatever it is you feel. You know, if your kids are driving you nuts while...
    CJRed73 CJRed73
    41-45, M
    1 Response Sep 16, 2015

    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
    1 Response Apr 7, 2014

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    for the most part this is true. smile=happy....why wouldn't you want to spread joy/happiness? why wouldn't you want to know that you could make someone laugh when they're upset...
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