Friday, May 09, 2008

Smile Experiment

The "appetizer" in Donna's Friday Feast asked:

When someone smiles at you, do you smile back?

I love that question!

Smiling at other people is one of my hobbies. I love to smile at people. I smile at shoppers and baggers at the Commisary. I smile at kids at the school. I smile at the librarian and the gate guards and strangers on the street. If I miss my chance to smile at someone I feel kind of bad.

Early in the morning I go running. It's usually just me out there on the road, but sometimes I pass soldiers out for a run. I always smile and say "good morning." Most people say hello back, but sometimes I get ignored. After a few mornings of getting ignored I started to wonder if I was the only person out there who smiles. So I did a little experiment.

I decided not to smile.

One morning I passed people and didn't even really look at them. There is a moment when you get close to someone where you have to choose to look at them and smile or just look away. I looked away.

and no one noticed. I passed 8 people without a smile or a hello. It was really depressing.

And then someone ran by and said "good morning!" and my faith in humanity was restored...

I stopped my experiment and started smiling hello again. and I felt better!


Smile at someone, you'll feel better. - me

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~ Author unknown

A smile confuses an approaching frown. ~Author Unknown

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
~Author Unknown

Smiling is my favorite exercise. ~Author Unknown

You're never fully dressed without a smile. ~Martin Charnin


nikko said...

I've started smiling at my kids more when I'm talking to them. It's amazing how it diffuses potentially yucky situations. :o)

Susan said...

I've always been a "smile and say good morning" person. When I first moved to CA, I worked a lot in different buildings in and around Beverly Hills. I was mostly ignored or looked at as if I was insane... but I continued just to keep people guessing.

Mary said...

Wendy, I have noticed you smiling at people and wish I was as out going with strangers as you are. Though always when we are on the paths around our house, I must say hello or smile or it is awkward.

But, like Nikko said about smiling at her kids, I try to make sure I smile at our kids a lot or Lindsey will start asking me if I'm sad and that makes me feel guilty! Also, in primary I feel the need to make up for one of our presidency member's stern-ness by smiling a lot at the kids. Smiling goes a long way. said...

hi wendy,

amen sister! i feel this way, too. here's a smile from me to you, too.


:) and another


blessings this mama's day, kathleenybeany :)

Donna Boucher said...

If you see someone without a smile,
give him one of yours.


Jrzy Army Wife said...

I LOVE the ANNIE quote! That's my fave song from the show. I always smile at people when they look at me.. most of the time they'll smile back or nod or something.

Mostly at work when I say hi to customers.. the mallrats ignore me.

I guess maybe I should just smile at