"Good morning to you!" is it okay to say it to a total stranger?

@Fulltank (2894)
Philippines
November 29, 2009 8:28pm CST
Going to work in the morning have gave me the opportunity to meet other peoples.People that I don't really knew. In buses, before I sit to a total stranger, I would say "Good morning to you". I don't expect the person to respond to it but I got many people answering back. I really don't knew if its appropriate to say it to a total stranger, but its my way of assuring them that I'm a good person. Do you think sy "good morning" or any other similar polite manners would be appropriate thing to do. I'm I not invading their privacy?
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@madie8008 (209)
• Malaysia
1 Dec 09
Good day to you Fulltank, That is a good habit you got there. I rarely greet strangers but I think it is a good act. It means that you care about other people. We maybe strangers at first but if we dig a little deeper, we can be best friend to that stranger. We have remember that sometimes when we in some trouble a stranger's hand can be the answer of our problem.
@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
I always say it when I am in a department store or approaching a person in an establishment, it is just appropriate to greet the stranger with courtesy when you are in a public place and looking for something. It just shows that you have good manners and right conduct.
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• United States
30 Nov 09
For sure... I say it to everyone. I even say hi to people if i cross their path. To me its just like please and thank you its good manners! Yes some people may not to say it back or give me a strange look but who cares! It makes other peoples day... i know i feel good when people say it to me.
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@yan_blue8 (1438)
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
Smiling to a total stranger can complete her day. I believe that a smile from someone is perfect to start one's day. :D How much more the word "Good Morning to you!"? If I'm the one hearing this, it will be good and is music to my ears. Like most responders said, I don't see problem with that at all too
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@checkmail (2041)
• India
30 Nov 09
Hello Fulltank this is checkmail and me too sometimes when in mine fine mood say "Good morning" to anyone i meet on the way in the the morning.Normally i use to take an walk and also sometimes go for office and like to call Good morning, or morning to the peoples.Well think that it will sooth their minds, and spread some good thoughts about it, might their day as well as peoples connected with them will have an fine day.Its totally appropriate to say Good morning to peopels even to an stranger, as there is no harm in it but only a structure of nice being. "Anyways Good Morning to you" Happy Mylotting.
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
Same to you!, even though its been late in the afternoon here already. It really brings positive thoughts and a smiley happy day to come.
• China
30 Nov 09
I think it's a great idea, fulltank! But I won't do it here becoz it seems a little strange in our country. I'm trying to smile to others, including complete strangers. I find smile also a good way to express people's goodwill. People always use another smile to response a smile. That's really amazing! So...Good morning!
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
1 Dec 09
Yeah, smiling, greeting means you are a friendly and harmless person. And a happy person too, as I can see it on your avatar.lol
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Dec 09
fulltank good manners are always an appropriate thing to do. good morning I think is almost universal. and I oftn speak to perfect strangers and wish them good morning.some times they look so pleased as if someone is actually caring about them.This is not invading anyone's privacy but welcoming them in a wonderful , kind way. so many people do not get any kind treatment like that and will lap it up.we are supposed to love all people as Christians. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a most wonderful new year.
@mommaj (22872)
• United States
1 Dec 09
I think it is great that you acknowledge the person. It's great manners and there is nothing too personal about it. As you said, people tend to answer you back. It makes everyone a little more at ease and might even brighten someone's day.
@crazybubu (230)
• India
30 Nov 09
I dont mind saying good morning to a stranger.Me just wishing sumone a good day and what harm can it bring.So me perfectly fine with the idea of greeting a stranger.
• Italy
30 Nov 09
I always reply if someone tells me good morning, but I don't normally say it first and I wish it stays just like that 'goodmorning' not a mean to start a conversation. But I see normally here if one starts with goodmorning (say, like at the bus stop), they're going to start a conversation. Blah... The only exception (over here) is when you are hiking over the mountains or the hills, in the woods. I don't know why, but there's kind of a tradition to say goodmorning to anyone you meet there, and it is really unpolite to say nothing at all.
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
No, of course it's not an invading privacy thing! I think it's a good thing to do. I don't actually do it but I try to smile whenever I have an eye-to-eye contact with other people who I got to meet everyday.
@rika999 (104)
• India
30 Nov 09
saying good morning to stranger and getting positive and good responses fromthem adds a lot of charm and freshness and good feeling in ones own mind. .. it is a nice thing.. one should frequently try this..
@batigirl (15)
• China
30 Nov 09
In my country,it's a little bit weird to say good morning to a total strange.But anyway,i think it's a kind of politeness and a very nice greeting. i hope the greeting like that can be spread out,and we need it exist in our would!
• United States
30 Nov 09
I don't see anything wrong with saying good morning to s stranger, I think is is showing politeness. I think there will always be the ones who just turn their nose up and don't say it back but I think their are more people that say it back. I think you can often tell when there might be someone that you can say hello to and when you should just smile and move the other way LOL
• Canada
30 Nov 09
There's nothing wrong with greeting a stranger with a "good morning". When I'm walking down a street, I sometimes get a stranger telling me "good morning". I just smile and say "good morning" right back. It's a nice, friendly gesture that shows you're a very open, well-mannered, and friendly person. It's not invading their privacy since you're not asking anything personal. You're just saying "hi" to them essentially. The only time that I think it would be inappropriate to greet a stranger is if they look busy. If perhaps they're reading a book, talking to someone else, or if they're engaged in their music, then you'll only be bothering them.
@danitykane (3191)
• Philippines
30 Nov 09
I think it is fine! I find that person very nice and kind. If it was like a guy who said that I find him a very "gentleman". It is sometimes how it was said, if it was said politely without any malice then it must be so sweet and i will definitely appreciate it. Because you know, there are strangers in buses that you may find a little bit weird and act really strange..hahaha. But, overall it is a very nice gesture and greeting's like that make my day so bright. Happy Lotting!
@taogang (103)
• China
30 Nov 09
My dear friend ,That is so kind of you to say "good morning"to total strangers,I agree your action,and hope it can be spread out,After all greeting between strangers is so necessary in our world...Good luck
@peavey (16906)
• United States
30 Nov 09
Of course! People used to always say "good morning" and "hello." We've become so afraid of each other that we're afraid to speak politely? As you have seen, most people appreciate you saying it.
• India
30 Nov 09
I also used to do it. i will always say "Good morning/evening" while travelling in buses. If a person will reply back with positive note, i used to start talking with him. this will mainly happens when you are travelling alone.
@RyanneD (189)
• United States
30 Nov 09
I think it's perfectly fine to say "good morning" to someone you don't know. It's just polite. Especally if you're sitting next to them on the bus. In my opinion it would be kind of awekward if you just sat next to them and didn't say anything at all. "Good morning" opens up the floor for conversation. Some people are really shy, so they may just nod and not say anything. Other's may be more like you and your "good morning" will spark up a friendly conversation. Keep greeting people you don't know. For all you know you're brightening someone's day! :-D