Smile at Strangers

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to be a happier, nicer person. Like most people, new year’s resolutions are forgotten by Jan 2 and all of our good intentions go down the drain. However, I just read the following passage and it reminded me of my almost forgotten aspirations and rekindled my fire of personal change.

Smile at Strangers, Look into Their Eyes, and Say Hello

Have you ever noticed or thought about how little eye contact most of us have with strangers? Why? Are we afraid of them? What keeps us from opening our hearts to people we don’t know?

I don’t really know the answers to those questions, but I do know that there is virtually always a parallel between our attitude towards strangers and our overall level of happiness. In other words, it’s unusual to find a person who walks around with her head down, frowning and looking away from people, who is secretly a peaceful, joyful person.

I’m not suggesting it’s better to be outgoing than introverted, that you need to expend tons of extra energy trying to brighten other’s days, or that you should present to be friendly. I am suggesting, however, that if you think of strangers as being a little more like you and treat them not only with kindness and respect but with smiles and eye contact as well, you’ll probably notice some pretty nice changes in yourself.

- Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

I hope it inspires you as much as it has me.

Tré Sweeney…..

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