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Jiro
08-13-2012, 01:45 AM
This thread is going to be a little bit difficult. Half of you are antisocial mental cases with a debilitating fear of face-to-face interaction and the other half are bitter, jaded old bastards who hate the human race with all the strength you can muster. There's some cross over as well, but I digress.

When's the last time you just said or did something nice to bring a smile to a stranger's face? Yesterday I was driving along and I saw two young girls standing in the back of a ute parked out front of a house and they were just waving at people. Had to smile. Being friendly to strangers is an awesome thing to do. Why do kids understand this but we seem to forget?

At Open Day yesterday we had these little frisbees to give out on tours but I saw this one kid who was like four and looked bored as hell so I gave him a frisbee and it pretty much made his day. He was super excited after that, tossin' it around with his older sister. Later I heard another ambassador say how they didn't give out a frisbee to a little kid who asked for one because they were meant for tours and I just wanted to sadface. Poor kid just wanted a frisbee and we had like a dozen spare at the end of the day anyway.

Doing things is probably too hard for you all so yeah I think we all should set a target to say one nice thing to someone we don't know everyday. Think of the goddamn joy we would spread.

Jinx
08-13-2012, 02:01 AM
I make my boys smile every weekend. Their family isn't really involved in their lives, so I constantly tell them how much I love them.

Today we went to McD's for lunch, and an older lady said hi to me. Josh asked me if I knew her, and I said, "Nope. But Josh, do you know what they say? Every person you haven't met is just a friend you haven't made yet!" And the lady said, "Oh, that's right!"

Generally in real life I'm not a shit person, and most people who meet me think I'm awesome. Because, um, I'm nice to people.

fire_of_avalon
08-13-2012, 03:05 AM
Well, Jiro, by pointing out my glaring flaws and making me feel like poop on the end of a rotten stick, you have really inspired me to be nice to everyone around me!

And by that I mean you've inspired me to be a whole lot nicer than you so that later YOU will be the stick poop. Do you hear me? You will be the stick poop.

Today I let someone in front of me at the store because they had only one item and I had a whole buggyload. I also spent 12 hours yesterday painting my bff's new house for NO money or free stuff because I love her and it needed to be done. AND I brought them lunch so they wouldn't have to stop painting.

Feeling like poop on a stick yet?

EDIT: I know you said strangers. :shifty: Just decided to talk about non-strangers too.

Jiro
08-13-2012, 06:22 AM
I don't feel like poop on a stick but I am heartened by your dedication to our cause! Giving non-strangers compliments is good too, so certainly don't avoid it! But try and spread the joy to those who might not have any friends :(

escobert
08-13-2012, 03:26 PM
It's not much but I often stop to let people cross after they've been standing there for 10 minutes waiting and no one will let them cross even though it's the law.

Or opening doors for old ladies. I also help people are work all the time with everything since I almost always have all of my work done way ahead of schedule.

Sephex
08-13-2012, 03:29 PM
I try to be nice and do small things out in public whenever I see an opportunity. I also do the same thing at work. Example: If I see a temp struggling with a table full of heavy parts, I'll help get it to where it needs to be. Just because I am QA doesn't mean I am above such things.

Pike
08-13-2012, 06:11 PM
I try to be extra super nice to people on Twitter. Does that count?

Shorty
08-13-2012, 06:39 PM
Our sweet little interns are all leaving my company for the summer and they'e all super shy and timid, so when they came to my desk to turn in their building passes and to tell me they were leaving I jumped up to give them hugs and wish them luck on their journeys, etc etc. They seemed surprised but they were smiling when they left.

Kossage
08-13-2012, 07:41 PM
I tend to bring smiles to many people's faces daily particularly when I'm working. It can be something as simple as saying "good day" or just smiling at them. There was even a recent newspaper article about me and my work mate and how it's rare in this town to get good service with cheerful, encouraging smiles and such and how we were the positive exception to the rule. All in all, the Mr. Smiles philosophy is working as intended, and perhaps soon I'll have acolytes spreading my message of happiness to the Finnish masses. :)

Jessweeee♪
08-13-2012, 07:48 PM
Maybe this is just a thing that normal people do, but I've been trying recently to make a point of speaking my mind about trivial things and talking to people when I want to talk to them. If I see someone with a cute top, I tell them, "hey that is a cute top!" even if they are total strangers!

Miss Lady Shelly
08-13-2012, 07:56 PM
With working at Mcdonalds we have to give customer"s a good experience even when im not in the best moods or having a bad day i still try to make people smile. There also have been times were its been the opposite and the customer's have made me smile.

fire_of_avalon
08-14-2012, 03:10 AM
I don't feel like poop on a stick but I am heartened by your dedication to our cause! Giving non-strangers compliments is good too, so certainly don't avoid it! But try and spread the joy to those who might not have any friends :(

I think being super nice to oneself defeats the purpose of the exercise, but if you say so.

Today I helped a lady in my orientation group find her way back to our classroom.

Jiro
08-14-2012, 03:23 AM
foa you have already demonstrated an excellent ability to be nice to others! I am worried that your lack of self esteem is bringing you down. I want you to know that you are lovely and should always wear a smile for it is a lovely smile to be worn!

Citizen Bleys
08-15-2012, 05:32 AM
Hey, I'm really nice.

In FFXI.

Not in the real world, obviously. The real world is full of arseholes.

Pumpkin
08-15-2012, 04:03 PM
Whenever I see a stranger crying out in public, I always listen to them talk about their problems. You would be surprised how many people will open up to strangers.

Jinx
08-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Whenever I see a stranger crying out in public, I always listen to them talk about their problems. You would be surprised how many people will open up to strangers.

When I worked at the Christian bookstore, there was a man who came in crying because his son had committed suicide a year before, and he couldn't get over it (understandably.) I spent like, 30 minutes with him (we weren't busy) and talked with him. I even gave him a hug and he cried for several minutes, and I cried with him.

I got in trouble. And frankly, I didn't give any fucks.

Loony BoB
08-15-2012, 04:25 PM
I get smiles from strangers when I wave them ahead of me when getting on the bus. This happens pretty much every day at some point, since I catch four buses a day.

Pumpkin
08-15-2012, 04:36 PM
Whenever I see a stranger crying out in public, I always listen to them talk about their problems. You would be surprised how many people will open up to strangers.

When I worked at the Christian bookstore, there was a man who came in crying because his son had committed suicide a year before, and he couldn't get over it (understandably.) I spent like, 30 minutes with him (we weren't busy) and talked with him. I even gave him a hug and he cried for several minutes, and I cried with him.

I got in trouble. And frankly, I didn't give any smurfs.

Yeah that's a shame. I had one woman who's boyfriend left her with a baby (a few months old) and after rent and bills she could barely afford food for herself so I had to take her grocery shopping. I felt really bad for her because I could really only give her a temporary fix so I do hope she got things figured out.

Pike
08-15-2012, 07:10 PM
Whenever I see a stranger crying out in public, I always listen to them talk about their problems. You would be surprised how many people will open up to strangers.

When I worked at the Christian bookstore, there was a man who came in crying because his son had committed suicide a year before, and he couldn't get over it (understandably.) I spent like, 30 minutes with him (we weren't busy) and talked with him. I even gave him a hug and he cried for several minutes, and I cried with him.

I got in trouble. And frankly, I didn't give any fucks.

Once when I was working the Target return desk this little boy came in nearly in tears because the new CD he bought had "bad words" in it and he didn't like it and wanted to return it. Now, returning an open CD without exchanging it for the same thing is a GIGANTIC NO-NO but there was no way I was going to turn the boy down so I returned it for him.

I got in big ol' trouble and I didn't care.

Jiro
08-15-2012, 11:34 PM
My faith in humanity is restored! :jess: