Can you SMILE at strangers??

@vesuvius (1677)
Philippines
May 31, 2007 5:54am CST
I just recalled a lesson in my Values class in high school: My teacher said it would be great if you could smile at everyone even at strangers, as you could lighten up their day. My classmates joked around and said: "Teacher, wouldn't we look like crazy people if we smile at everybody??" - then the entire class just laughed out loud without having the question answered. I would just want to know: Can you actualy smile at strangers?? Me, I really can but I still 'choose' the stranger which I am to smile at. LOL
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13 responses
• United States
31 May 07
It's not unusual around my area to say hi or nod and smile at strangers. Walking down the street or in the grocery store I feel comfortable making eye contact. Some people choose not to and that's fine, but it doesn't stop me from smiling at them. Maybe I can make they're day a little brighter. :)
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@vesuvius (1677)
• Philippines
31 May 07
I think that's great. I wish you could continue doing that. B-)
@eiencafe (155)
• Italy
31 May 07
we do this too. but I live in a small town and we're all "friendly" I mean I always meet someone I've already met so I smile, it's like to say "hey I've already crossed path with you" especially if we meet old ladies
@UK_Shree (3604)
27 Dec 08
I think it is really nice to smile at a stranger. People don't always smile back of course as they might feel a bit uncomfortable, but it is a great feeling when they do smile back. And you can even make a new friend if one of you says something after the smile. Ever heard the saying 'every stranger is a potential friend'?
• India
17 Jan 10
yes i know it is good to smile on stranger. but smiling on every stranger will make you a light person. it is under personality that you should not smile too much. but talking all the things in serious. but when condition arises then you can smile. if some one is watching you then you can respond to him/her and say hi. but if you smile to every one then it seems to be crazy.
@UK_Shree (3604)
23 Jan 10
I know what you mean - smiling at everybody could even be a bit dangerous as some people could take it the wrong way
13 Sep 08
Smiling at strangers could be seen as pretty weird you know,why should we smile at someone we dont know lol,there are loads of people who would think that we had lost the plot.
• India
17 Jan 10
you are exactly right dear. we are not supposed to smile at stranger. it will be odd i thing. but do you know dear one thing i smile too much. even without reason i can smile and even in serious condition i can laugh. it is my strange property.
• India
17 Jan 10
i can't smile on every stranger. but if i find some person interested in me and looking to me. then i will smile over him and may say him hi. but if a person is in his own mood then i am not going to respond him any way. it is good to smile on stranger but if you smile on every one then people will take you lightly. you mush possess a weight by not smiling too much in your personality.
4 Sep 08
anyone can smile at a stranger - whether they punch you in the face or smile back is another thing! I think it also depends largely on where you are in the world countrywise as well as the culture you live in.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
yup,anyway its just only smiling,smiling to strangers can reflect your personality.you can be seen as an open minded person.
@youless (87154)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Aug 08
I seldom will smile to a stranger, because I still keep alert when I go out. I love China
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
7 Aug 08
i only do it if im on a good mood... im usually shy so smiling to other people especially strangers is really tough for me... but im really friendly its just hard for me to introduce my self to people i dont know.
@shelly43 (1197)
• Australia
31 Jul 08
i always smile my mum is always saying why you always sooooooo happy lol, im not always that happy but while im out and around other people i love to smile and so do other people..oww i might get a person that looks at me as if to say what the hell are you smiling at.. i just look at that as there are some people out there that just dont know how to smile, not that they dont want to thay juust cant for many reasons.. hugsssss
@jainaewen (170)
• Philippines
13 Aug 07
yes i smile at strangers
@lols189 (4798)
11 Aug 07
no i could not smile at strangers especially people who i have never seen before. i am too shy to do this
@nonew3 (1941)
• United States
31 May 07
I think it really depends on what the person looks like, his or her demeanor, what kind of mood I am in at the moment, and how much time I have available. When I am really in a hurry to get somewhere right away, I don't bother with smiling.
@sunita64 (6474)
• India
31 May 07
When I used to go to school daily I used to meet a lady on my way, she really looked very sweet to me so one day I gave a smile and from that day onwards we used to smile whenever we used to cross each other without even knowing.But not everyone I feel you can give a smile.