I have noticed while walking to work that in the morning I usually get a smile out of passers by when I smile and say good morning to them. Now, granted, there are some introverts who, as they approach, look the other way to avoid eye contact. Tempting as it is to put myself in their faces with a smile and a "GOOD MORNING!", I avoid making people uncomfortable with no good reason, so I just say "Good morning" as I go by and don't care if they respond. But those who are willing to engage, no matter what age or race or gender, respond with delight! A huge smile comes across their faces, making them appear like the morning sun, and a "good morning" bursts from their lips. On the way home at the end of the day I am still smiling, but unfortunately most who are walking home at that time are not. By the end of the day they are obviously beaten down by their jobs or whatever and keep their eyes to the ground and ignore my "hello" and my smile. I keep doing it anyway just in case they will notice that there is a choice that they have and an opportunity to experience something positive at the end of the day. Those walking their dogs at that time are very into the greeting thing. Some stop and chat and I get to admire their beautiful four legged friends.
This is my ritual as I walk to work. I listen mostly to Dido and Globus on the ipod, say "good morning" to passers by, and thoroughly enjoy the exercise and the fresh air and the birds who seem to follow me along my walk from the moment I leave the apartment building until I get to work. There are also smokers who sit along the walk beside the hospital along the way. I decided to not judge them, even though we all know that they are slowly killing themselves, and just be me, and try to not inhale the second hand junk they push out of their lungs. At first they bothered me in terms of their decisions to smoke (something I have no control over whatsoever, so decided to not let it bother me), and then by their second hand junk. Then I decided to simply energetically radiate massive amounts of positive vibes. The number of smokers out there has decreased! Whether they found an alternate place to smoke or are just not smoking I do not know, but the number decrease fascinates me. Those who are still there are now, instead of hiding behind their smoke screens, smiling at me as I go by and responding with a "good morning" as well.
Nine blocks one way each day, that's eighteen blocks a day, 72 blocks a week if I walk to work every day....in a month that comes to.....WOW! A smile really does travel far!