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I Smile At Strangers

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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 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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    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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    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 Jul 19

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

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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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    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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    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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    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 think there's enough negative in the world,

    and that there's enough exclusivity that people feel excluded and just generally upset..... Human beings are designed to intergrate, so why he so negative to perfect strangers? It's always good to make people feel welcome in whatever way that you can... To make their day...
    SarahTheHooker SarahTheHooker 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 11

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    DannieO DannieO 31-35, F 7 Responses Feb 22

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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'm always smiling at someone I think a smile

    and change someone's day :D
    Strange143 Strange143 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    I just cant stop - im always smiling.

    Im like a joker (but i dont kill people) Smiling all the time has its pros and cons. Pros: people smile back! (Sometimes) and its nice to see smiles. Idk. I just feel happy when i smile. Cons: sometimes people dont take you seriously because you smile alot. And you get wrinkles...
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 30

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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 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F Aug 14

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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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    Xo12345 Xo12345 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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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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    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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    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 6 Responses Jun 8, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Today on the way back from Devon (4 hrs+) I

    smiled at everyone I could in different cars. My jaw still aches but ah well
    ParisMaisie ParisMaisie 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    Is it weird that I smile

    even tho at strangers whenever we make an eye contact? Or whenever I ask for help or favor? I hope not cause most of the time i'm smiling which I don't think is a bad thing cx
    itsveee itsveee 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 25

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    heavenlyflower123 heavenlyflower123 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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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've always smiled at strangers - like an

    instinct. It works out well since I'm a cashier!
    youthberry youthberry 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 18

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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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    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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    The idea is nice and has a positive message,

    but wouldn't come off as a little creepy?
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 20

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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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    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 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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    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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    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 2 Responses Jul 25

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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 3 Responses Sep 18

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    parth2233 parth2233 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 29

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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 4 Responses Aug 11

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    Just because I smile at you doesn't mean I have

    a crush on you dammit. I'm just being nice
    Ashley1719 Ashley1719 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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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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    littlecrazymia littlecrazymia 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I used to always smile to anyone

    and as time passes my smile kind of fades, but I try to smile at everyone.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Aug 18

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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