#85: It makes my day when…………..A stranger says hello
One of the simplest things that you can do is simply mutter the words ‘hello’ to someone else walking by, isn’t it? Then why is it so rare?
At least the rarity makes its occurrence so much more exciting, joyous even when it does happen!
Living in an apartment building where lift travel with strangers is unavoidable, I used to say hello if I was entering the lift and someone else was already in there but I will admit that I soon became despondent as others did not acknowledge my existence as they entered. So it is to great delight when someone jumps in and says hello and we enjoy a quick 20 second conversation about the weather, the annoying lift announcer’s voice or whatever they or I may be holding at the time.
I know of a few people (myself included) who have entertained themselves during their morning exercise routines by playing the ‘hello’ game, where you say hello to everyone who you walk past and see how many respond. It still astounds me that the outcome is often less than 50% - I mean why would you not reply?