Would it strain your voice too much to say hello?
Would it hurt your face too much to offer a smile?
Is your arm broken that you can’t offer a friendly wave?
What happened that we are no longer a friendly society? If you ever people watch at a park, mall, or even a busy street you will see there is little to no interaction. Most people have their head down looking at their shoes, or their eyes are so focused so as not to make eye contact, or they are buried in their cell phone. Heaven forbid they miss a text or the latest rumor about Rhianna.
Why are we less friendly? Am I the only one who sees this, am I completely off base with this? I’m sure sociologists and psychologists can give me a big drawn out answer, but is it that we have become more self-centered, more not wanting to get out of our little box? Has technology programmed us to now only communicate via a 140 character text, a tweet, or Facebook update? I am just as guilty. I barely know my neighbors, I have been going to the same church for two years now and know the same number of people now as I did when I first went, which is basically zero and that is very sad considering its a church, where we all are supposed to be welcoming, warm and friendly.
My challenge to everyone, myself included, is to step out of our box and the next time you are in a store, or down the street, is to make eye contact with someone smile and say hello. That ten second act of kindness could have such a positive rippling effect on the other person and what did it cost you, nothing. Then take it a step further, reach out to someone you see regularly, a neighbor, the person at the front desk you pass every day, the clerk at the coffee shop, heck even a blogger you follow and try to have a conversation, more than just “hi”. Take a minute to really talk to them, once again the positive rippling effect could be enormous. A little more friendliness would help the world a great deal.