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.
Smiling is my favorite exercise. ~Author Unknown
You're never fully dressed without a smile. ~Martin Charnin