Mid-conversation the other day, a group walking by me made me pause my sentence. I asked my friend if he ever noticed how many people walk around with expressions set to a default frown.
Why is that?
I’m not speaking for everyone. There are some genuinely happy people out there, but take a look around – as a society, we’re stressed. We’re insecure. Thoughts of problems, money and what-ifs distract us from thoughts that bring smiles.
Person A is getting the promotion before us.
Person B is going to date someone better than ourselves.
Person C didn’t smile at us.
They must not like us.
And it’s our own fault, because we’re insecure and there’s probably something wrong with us.
What if, as a collective group of people, we worked together to address those thoughts? What if we took this necessity in life that is happiness, that is heart and love, and collaborated to improve? No different than if we needed money to finish a project or a hand to paint the house, what if we humbly accepted we need each other?
What might that project look like?
1. Biography (Preferably 300 characters or less)
I am a person who knows life gets tough sometimes, but who wants positive energy, not stress, to surround myself and others. I assume the grumpy neighbor’s heart isn’t a few sizes too small, but functioning and, with encouragement, open to happiness. I like to smile. I like to see other people smile.
Worldwide. Specifically on neighborhood sidewalks, in grocery store check-out lanes, at four-way intersections and by high-traffic doors.
3. Project (Must have a clear, obtainable goal)
I want to be able to walk down the street, say hello to a stranger and have them say hello back. I want to smile at someone and have them smile back. Moreso, I want them to keep smiling and thus pass it off to the next person.
I need your help to create a more positive atmosphere – one that encourages development, interaction and positive discussion.
4. Reward Program
If you smile at me, I’ll smile back. I’ll carry that smile onward down the street, and smile at someone else.
If you make friendly eye contact with me, I’ll hold it.
If you do me a favor, I’ll thank you. I’ll pay it forward.
If you ask me for a favor, I’ll consider it without scoffing or sighing. If I can do it, I’ll do it. If I can’t, I’ll apologize and try to provide an alternative suggestion.
If you do any of the above, I’ll remember. I’ll be grateful.
If you do more than one of the above, I’ll remember. I’ll be grateful. I’ll try to be more like you.
5. Project Completion Date
As soon as possible. Yesterday would have been nice, but it’s bright and sunny out today, so let’s start now.
That’s just the start. I think it’d be a featured project, but what do you think? Would you back it?