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Use the Ten Foot Rule. Smile and Say Hello to Anyone Who Comes Within a Ten Foot Radius of You

Korey Johnson

Planet Earth

In this technological age it is commonplace for individualism to conquer society's sense of community. Good, much like evil, begins with a simple vibration. By smiling and saying hello to strangers you can change the theme of their vibrations and potentially change their entire lives. Although your friends might think it weird that you smile and say hello to everyone, we should find it more strange that it has become an expectation to ignore our ability to spread positivity in such a simple way. Want to make more good for this world? It all starts with a "hello."



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  • Connor Ferguson

    It's sad, but this would be a great way to get some real dirty looks in Boston. Just smiling at a stranger is frowned upon here—no pun intended.

    • ginger3100

      Connor: It only takes one person to start a chain of successes. I started doing it in my neighborhoods about a year ago. At that time, people were walking right past everyone, looking straight ahead and not even giving eye contact. A year later, there is a lot more response. Each time I walk by someone (about 3 feet away), I smile and greet them and I'm getting about 90% responses. That's a whole lot better than a year ago, when I got about 30%! The best part is knowing that it makes others feel good and they in turn duplicate the friendliness towards other strangers. All humans need to be acknowledged and not be treated as if they are non-existent. For many people, a smile and greeting can make their day.

    • Korey Johnson

      If we let the negativity of others lead our decision making we have already made the decision to accept negativity thus, perpetuating it further. Kindness will always find resistance, but isn't kindness and good will towards others worth fighting for? Attempt to push through the dirty looks and focus on the positive results. You may be surprised at the responses you get. We'd be really interested to hear about your experiences even if you try for just 1 day! Thanks for your insight Connor and good luck :)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I'm hearing a really interesting convo at the airport right now and I'd like to chime in, but is that weird to do? I know it depends but sometimes I prevent myself when it could be a great opportunity to meet a like-minded person!

    • Korey Johnson

      There's no harm in trying! You'll probably never see those people ever again so there's really nothing to risk and a great amount to gain. However, It is quite tough to break into a conversation from the outside looking in and it's definitely nerve-wracking. Our fear of judgement is a powerful force driven by the ego. It's uncomfortable to put our self image at risk in public even in front of complete strangers...well especially in front of complete strangers! But, conquering that fear can produce invaluable connections and boost self confidence. I hope this helps thanks for reaching out Alessandra!