When a stranger smiles at you, do you smile back?

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  • 3 weeks ago
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    Yes, I always do. When a stranger smiles at me, that tells me that at least that individual notices me as a real human being with feelings and not just a passer by. I try to smile at strangers every day because I know that smiling is beneficial and healing to others. Personally, I tend to get a bit disappointed when I smile at people and they do not respond or acknowledge this kind gesture I am trying to display/convey.

    The Power of a Smile

    Although it lasts only a moment, the memory may stay with you all your life. Its value is immense, but nobody is so poor that he cannot share it or so rich that he does not need it. What are we talking about? A smile.

    A smile is produced by a muscular contraction in which the eyes brighten and the corners of the mouth curve slightly upward expressing satisfaction. During the first few weeks after birth, a baby smiles, and this, of course, delights the proud new parents. These early smiles are known as reflex, or involuntary, smiles. Experts explain that this kind of smile appears often during dreaming and seems to be related to internal feelings and activity of the central nervous system. Even when we are adults, this reflex smile may still occur after a meal or while we are listening to music.

    From about six weeks of age, however, a baby smiles in response to a face or a voice. A ‘social smile’—a voluntary, conscious smile—cheers us up, whether we are babies or adults. It is said that such a smile even has a positive influence on our physical health. According to speech therapists Mirtha Manno and Rubén Delauro, who manage a self-help clinic called Smiling and Health, the mere gesture of smiling produces an electrical stimulus that affects the pituitary gland. This gland, in turn, releases endorphins, chemical substances in the brain that make us feel good.

    Another important reason for smiling is the positive effect it has on others. A sincere smile communicates our feelings without the need for words, whether it be a smile of greeting, of sympathy, or of encouragement. Occasionally, just looking at a child’s appealing smile in a photograph can bring a smile to our lips.

    Receiving a warm smile can help us to feel more relaxed and to cope better with frustration or challenges. The Bible recommends: “Do not hold back good from those to whom it is owing, when it happens to be in the power of your hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27) Yes, by this simple gesture, we can benefit ourselves and others. 

    Why not make an effort to share this most valuable gift—a warm smile?

    Source(s): personal life experiences and jw.org
    • Don Verto
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      I agree with you however some people just have a rotten nature.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Yes....90% of the time I do.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Usually., but it depends on the situation.

  • 3 weeks ago

    usually............

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    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Always, always .................

  • Ludwig
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Not when using public transport.  Or public conveniences.

  • 3 weeks ago

    I am always the one who smiles first. It is rare not to get a smile back.

  • 3 weeks ago

    If she is cute, sure

  • Paul
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Sure, why not? No harm in being friendly.

  • Bill B
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    I generally do so and say hello to them. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    I do as a courtesy. Also, who doesn’t like it when someone is being friendly? 

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