My little challenge!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A few days ago, mom sent me this little article with a note attached saying: 'yup, embracing the little things in life makes a whole lot of sense'. Well, according to the piece spending time with family and all the tiny things like smiles, sunny walks or even helping someone out gives us those awesome happy butterflies. But there was one thing that Katie said that stayed with me: 'It would be great if everyone could smile at someone today and get the warm glow from knowing you’ve made someone happy.'

So, from this Monday till the end of the month I made a pact with myself to smile at a total stranger at least once a day. I must say, it has been such a fun experience so far. For example yesterday, an older lady was walking by and after she realized that I was actually smiling directly at her she turned around and wished me a good day. The whole thing felt totally liberating and made me feel happier for the rest of the day knowing that I made someone smile back:)

Now lovelies, fancy joining in? xo

P.S: little moments I love...

(Photos by Catherine Ledner via Happenstance and via Nicole)

21 comments:

Alexa said...

Definitely will join in. Such a good challenge!

Morgan @ xoxo, me said...

It's interesting that you bring this up, because it's something I think about a lot while walking around the city. Most people put their heads down or turn away in order to intentionally avoid eye contact. And I've been wondering, why do people do that? Why can't we look at each other, smile, and say hello? I'm not saying I'm not guilty, because I certainly am. After reading this, I will definitely make a concious effort to smile at people I meet on the street instead of playing with my phone or looking away. Thanks for the inspiration!

Monique Oh Darling said...

What a great challenge - I'm in :)

ElsaD said...

Lovely, darling! Making a better world, one post at a time! XOXO

Elizabeth Benfield said...

im in! starting today :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Fantastic, ladies:) I am so happy about it!

Farrielle Design and Fashionista said...

I am so doing this:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Morgan, that is so true. It seems that nowadays even when we walk, we think about all the little stuff we have to do or the things we need to get instead of just enjoying the motion itself. (It was totally a concious effort for me too)

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww..you are a sweetheart, Elsa!

HiLLjO said...

We love talking to strangers, especially homeless strangers. We did this in Arizona and Colorado (met an englishman from Dubai there!) and it enriches us through and through.
Good luck and many supportive wishes to you in your challenge, love. :o)

dotblogg said...

I love smiling to strangers:)) I do it often and it makes me smile even more;)
hugs!
J

Diana said...

What a sweet idea. PS I love little old ladies. My daughter was wearing her new lace dress last week and this little old lady told her she looked beautiful! <3 I remember taking the bus and I would always tell the bus driver to have a good day and they were so shocked that someone was kind to them and they smiled!!

Lena P Cox said...

I know that feeling. It's that squishing feeling that is a natural high. This guy in starbucks yesterday told me my drank looked so good.
My reply had smile written all over it....I said, "And it is" giving him the confident smile...told him to have a good day,and off I went feeling quite happy. So especially when I spot someone having a bad day, and I say Hi, and they don't reply, I say, "I really hope your day gets better" smile and off my merry little way. It reminds me of Meg Ryan in, "You've got mail". Love her!

Tish said...

Since I've been a kid my philosophy has been: Smile and the world will smile back.

Monica | Hola!design said...

That's one of my favorite things! Smiling at strangers always make me feel good. They usually smile back!

Diana Mieczan said...

HiLLjO, how cool!

Diana Mieczan said...

Di, awww that is really sweet and you have such a great point. I noticed that some people are shocked by kindness and only when they realize that its genuine, they smile back:)

Diana Mieczan said...

I love Meg Ryan in "You've got mail", Lena:) Such an amazing film.

Diana Mieczan said...

Beautiful, Tish:)

Luna said...

I love this! I've been telling our 8yo son about greeting and smiling at total strangers. People use to tell me I looked too serious, a deep thinker, lost in space even. Now I do it all the time; walking, pedestrian crossings, bus stops, stations. You never know if that person just needed that one random act from a total stranger.

Diana Mieczan said...

So true, Luna - "You never know if that person just needed that one random act from a total stranger".

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