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I Smile At Strangers

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

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    And when they smile back,

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

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    It's amazing how a friendly 'hello' can turn

    someone's whole day around. :)
    ifearsnowmen ifearsnowmen 18-21, M Sep 9

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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

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    I love seeing people smile,

    it makes me so happy
    rubess rubess 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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

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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

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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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    In school I always smile at girls walking my

    direction. It's amusing how often I tend to make them blush.
    Truromantic Truromantic 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 16

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    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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    Ok so I had a situation at the gym yesterday

    and I've told my friends about it. Some have told me I was insensitive and should not have laughed. Others feel I acted correctly. What's your opinion? I was on the elliptical machine watching tv. A women gets on the next machine and proceeds to look over at me. I smile...
    KennD KennD 41-45, M 5 Responses Oct 11

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    Why so serious? :p It never hurts to smile at

    strangers.. It will make you feel good, too. When you get blank stares, they're just confused that there are still friendly people. :p
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 12

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    A lasting product of working in the food

    industry. Happily not working in customer service jobs no more.
    bombchu bombchu 22-25, F Oct 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 2 Responses Dec 23, 2013

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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 10 Responses Nov 9

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    Whenever I can light up someones day I will.

    I love the way people respond with a s
    understandmeagain understandmeagain 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 22

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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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    I will give my smile to everyone but,

    only give my heart to only one -:)
    Lakee112812 Lakee112812 36-40, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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.
    Qandil Qandil 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 15

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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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    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...
    KnightMoves KnightMoves 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 18

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    I do (: I find it makes them smile

    as well. Unless you get the grumpy ones.. -.-
    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 16-17, F Nov 9

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    DannieO DannieO 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 22

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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

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    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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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

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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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    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 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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    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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    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

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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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    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 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

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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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    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 6 days ago

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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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    littlecrazymia littlecrazymia 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    And they are always taken aback!

    I only put my fake tooth in while I'm working. I fell off a skateboard about 12 years ago. I had a small fracture in this tooth in the root area... And over the years it broke all the way through! So I had it removed and got an implant. I'm waiting a bit to get the actual...
    rainallthedays rainallthedays 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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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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    it is true that when you smile,

    the world smiles back at you.. even stares and unfriendly looks will turn into a smile when you smile to them. all you need first, is a smile on your face :)
    remydodol remydodol 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 7

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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 1 Response 3 days ago

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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

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    Sometimes strangers can make your day the way

    no family member or friend can
    BlahItsM BlahItsM 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I'm getting there - braver by the day!

    Working in a hospital there's plenty of strangers around, and indeed working with patients makes smiling a default reaction when making eye contact with someone you don't know. So it's easier to apply it in the street. I know if someone random smiles at me it's a great feeling...
    jahosijhs jahosijhs 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 31

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    If I thought that a smile of mine,

    might linger the whole day through and lighten some heart with a heavier part, I'd not withhold it - Would you? - Anonymous
    expressomarkie expressomarkie 46-50, M 3 Responses Sep 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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    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 16-17, F Oct 8

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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 7 Responses Jun 14

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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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    I smile at strangers

    before I chop their heads off. Good manners and proper etiquette is something these millennials could learn from us.
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M Sep 11

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    I like to spread good vibes.

    A smile is an easy quick simple gesture that can mean a lot to someone.It's contagious and make us feel better :) We need to light up the world.
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 4