Negative Nancy

Funday Sunday… how was your last day of this awesome weekend? Mine, well it was a balanced mix of busy and relaxing. Saturday was a day filled with social media replies, iced coffee, Netflix and blogging (naturally). Today, however, was the day I chose to run errands, although the drive-thru line at Starbucks wasn’t long so silver lining. 😉 On the flip side, the grocery store was jam packed with everyone and their second cousin. People leaving their carts right smack dab in the middle of the aisles and ignoring others trying to pass by. What should have been a semi-quick trip turned into an hour long “fun” fest. Now I am someone who has an abundant amount of patience and today the were tested to there limits, but it was a test I passed being the over-achiever that I am. I noticed something though… now when I make eye contact with another person I always smile, polite manners. I’m noticing that more and more people are non responsive or seem freaked out when smiled at.

It’s as though I’m an optimistic alien in a sea of an angry mob. Now I have a few scenarios of why most people seem as though they have a giant stick shoved up their ass these days. Perhaps they have extremely stressful lives and all of that stress has diminished their smiling abilities. Perhaps they have all received some sort of group discount coupon from Groupon and got Botox which apparently ended up badly botched. Or, perhaps they assume that they are better than most people as they stand tall on their dramatically high pedestals. In that case here, I’ll help push you down because the lack of oxygen is affecting your brain as well as your facial expressions. Who knows, I could be batting 1,000 here. It’s just sad that a kind smile no longer seems to be recognized as just a kind gesture.

Here my words people, or read them I guess… it is ok to smile. That what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Smile at a kind soul. Smiling, as well as laughter, only adds to your life and reduces stress. So much negativity soaking into our lives these days. No wonder we’re all being buried six feet under too soon. Has anyone else witnessed this insanity or is it just me?


2 thoughts on “Negative Nancy

  1. roderickwills says:

    When I am in public I am smiling. I’m not a very naturally happy person so that has taken some mental conditioning but now on a regular day if I’m in public I’m smiling. If we make eye contact I have a smile for you. I’m not walking around with a creepy ear to ear grin on my face 24/7 but I often laugh and smile to myself while I think about stories I want to write or have read. If I make eye contact with you I smile on instinct and most of the time that person will smile back. I truly believe that something small like that can change someone’s day and it’s so easy to do and makes me feel good as well. Everyone has off days but we’re all in this together people lets make it an enjoyable experience!


  2. Thehungryballer says:

    LOL this post aptly captures my own difficulties in responding to a smile from a stranger !
    I am working on it though…it doesn’t cost to smile or smile back 🙂
    Thank you for this amazing post !


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