I made a campaign stop first thing this morning since I needed to pick up some large envelopes. Here is how Day 115 of Campaign Smile looked…
1. As I walked merrily down the main aisle on my way to the far side of the store I passed a woman hurriedly pushing her cart of purchases. She did not look at me, working very hard to not look at me. She did, however, glance sideways at my smiling expression. She looked away just as quickly but made one more glance before she was too far past. I could think she was uplifted, if a little put off, by my smile or I could think she thought me some freak that must be on drugs. I choose to think the former since I was only high on life.
2. An older man approached me a little further down the same aisle. I noticed him, looked over and found him staring right through me. I kept smiling, nodded, even said good morning but all I got was a stare.
3. I then encountered a blonde woman. I smiled at her and watched as her face lifted into a smile and, when she thought I was far enough past to not notice, drop. Still, even a forced smile is good. It will, inevitably, improve one’s mood. Don’t believe me? Try it. Smile and try to be in a bad mood. It’s pretty difficult.
4. Two different men who were working for the store passed me, separately, as I made my way around the store. Each offered to help and each had a nice smile to match.
5. The cashier was also very positive and had a great grin to match.
6. At lunch I was pleased to find a smiling young lady waiting to help me when I walked in. As I was eating, an older gentleman, seated near me, turned and, in addition to showing a nice smile, conversed with me about a number of topics for a short while. I was a little surprised when I returned after getting up to get something to find he had left. Still, I was happy to have had the chance to speak with him.