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It's Who I Am

It's part of my personality, and part of the culture where I grew up.  Now I live in a place where it's not so socially accepted.  I still do it.  Some people give me offended looks, but some smile back, and every now and again, someone stops and thanks me.

:-)  E. Bunbury

EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M 2 Responses Jun 1, 2008

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It's strange but I do think there are some regional differences in this in the U.S. I grew up in the Midwest and it was rude to not smile at others, say hello, or chat with people when standing in line. Now, I live in the East Coast, and people tend to avert their eyes, scowl, and ignore me if I say hello or smile. I continue to do what I do though. It does seem to change the behavior or others sometimes. There are a couple of oncologists I know who never say hello to anyone in the hallway but now they actually respond to me when I pass them. When this happens and I am with others, the others stare on with amazement because they didn't believe it was possible. I happen to think that it tends to keep me in a better mood when I walk around with a smile on my face and say hello rather than grumpily going through my day. I can't say anyone has ever thanked me, like above, but it's nice to get a smile back. The other thing I like to do is to compliment people when I mean it and it seems appropriate. If I like someone's dress or tie or whatever, I say so. I've found with women especially, their face tends to light up.

I am astounded it took so long for a reply to your post! I read your comment, and I'll make it my mission from now on to smile more often than ever before at people and compliment them in the nicest possible way! I know it brightens their day, maybe changes their look at life!!!

Well, I never said the two were mutually exclusive; at least, in my case! :-)<br />
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:-) E. Bunbury