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Breaking Down The Creed: Smile At Strangers

Posted Dec 02 2011 5:00am
Smile at strangers. I live in downtown Toronto. People think of this city as cold and unfriendly, but I gotta say- I don't see it. I'm thinking that all it takes is for someone to make the first smile. You have to be careful with this smile as a friendly smile to a stranger can quickly become really creepy if too big, or held for too long. Also- men growing Movember moustaches, might want to refrain from smiling at young children in school yards. Just saying. I spent a great part of my early 20's travelling around the world alone. I made dinner companions, travel partners and friends by smiling. Despite travelling alone, I was never alone. We actually never have to be alone if we don't want to be. It's truly amazing what can happen when we take the time in the day to smile at strangers, and open the door for conversations with the people we encounter. I make friends in very random places- hat stores, yoga classes, and now, more often than not, in my own kitchen.
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