You know, I’ve been conducting my own little experiment over the past two weeks. It’s amazing how many people walk right past each other (the only two people in sight) and don’t say “Hello” or “Good Morning”. It’s also amazing how rude people are when they’re the customer; for instance, trying to check into a hotel.
What I’ve always known, but realize even more is the words “Hello” or “Good Morning” can be a gateway to getting you a lot of good stuff. Maybe the hotel clerk looks out for you in ways he/she might not have. Maybe, you just really saved someone from having a lousy day. If opening your mouth and speaking is too much, what about a smile? I just don’t get it when people pass each other and look away or look down.
I really think something this simple could truly change our society for the better. Perhaps if people were nicer to each other, you wouldn’t have some kid walking into an elementary school and shooting up dozens of people. Being rude has become the norm, not the exception now-a-days. It’s truly and utterly ridiculous.
My challenge to you? Try it and even if the person doesn’t reciprocate, you will feel better about yourself.