Day 22: Smile at Strangers


It’s not that hard. Really. In fact, smiling is actually contagious. So here’s what we want you to do: smile at everyone you see today. That means your friends, your neighbors, your kids, your parents, your dog, your cat, your bus driver, your boss, your employees, your rubber ducky, your friends, your enemies, your frenemies, the people that you meet when you’re walking down the street, everybody. Yes, even strangers!

And to give you even more incentive to smile – as if you need any more incentive than the inherent satisfaction you will get by single-handedly bringing joy to thousands – we’re going to award a very special prize to the person who writes the best story about their day of smiling at others. Tell us all about it in the comments section below, and we’ll announce the winner within a couple of days. We really like heartwarming, touching stories, but embarrassing stories are particularly good!

Share what you did!

  • Tried smiling at the woman opposite me on the train on the way to work – she just stared back with a half-scared half-disgusted smile, then turned away.

    Never fear, though! Power through!

    • Hi Sami – for your dedication to spreading cheer in the face of adversity, you win the special prize! We have a gift certificate waiting for you; we’ve sent you an email with further instructions. Congrats, and thank you!

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  • This one is the simplest to accomplish – since I smile at everyone all the time!! It’s the easiest way to feel good, and make someone else feel good in the process.

  • I find that some people (in London) are so unused to strangers smiling to them that they are a bit frightened or awkward about it. Sometimes though, you get a really good connection with someone and it feels great.

    Once you have done it for a while (smiling at strangers) it feels natural.

  • A smile a day keeps the doctor away! So I smiled at everyone and it was interesting how many conversations where started. It helped I had my dogs with me, but as the smile was returned it was easier to spark up a conversation. Life is good.

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