In Today’s World How Do ‘You’ Respond To A Smile?

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Part of the new Crossover series from The 3 Sides 2 1 – here’s a simple question for you ……… or is it really that simple?

Imagine if you can …… you are out for a walk or a stroll, pretty much like l do most days around the town, and as you walk around, you see various people, some you are not familiar with as you haven’t seen them before, others you are vaguely aware of, and others still are what you might call regulars to your walking routine and they smile at you or say Hello.

Straight forwards right? Okay …………

So to the question –

How do you personally respond to people you don’t know, do know or only marginally know but only ALL by sight alone when you are out walking or mingling with people in society – do you acknowledge them with a nod, a wave, a smile or a hello?

Let me know your comments only below to this easy question.


33 thoughts on “In Today’s World How Do ‘You’ Respond To A Smile?

  1. Hi Rory. How are you? Hope keeping well. I generally like to nod with a smile to people I don’t know while I am strolling in park or go for a walk. Giving a warm smile or gratitude to people whom you know I believe in that and acknowledging them well but sometimes people forget to give you same return and giving you a bad feeling.

  2. If I can see a smiling face, I smile back. But mostly I see masked faces and only eyes can tell if they are smiling.

        1. Yes same here. But when you are walking around the town, are they wearing them then? Here, going inside a shop or such like, you must wear a mask but when walking – l rarely see anyone walking with a mask on.

        2. Got you. What is covid like in Pakistan at present Sadje as in the R number infection rises? I have that right, you are living in Pakistan aren’t you?

          Currently the infection numbers over here are rising again. Like you, l don’t tend to go that many places, l live in a town, but tend to spend more time walking around the outskirts, than actually walking in it and it is only a few minutes away.

        3. Things are getting better in Pakistan, ( I do love here) we are having around 1500- 1800 new cases/day. The deaths are 40 – 50.

        4. We are experiencing an increase in the R number now [1:44] with the Delta variant as it is called – you may recall, a conversation we had six weeks ago when India was calling the new strain, the English variant? A kind of irony in truth.

          We have new cases and deaths daily also, l am unsure on the numbers as it changes frequently – but is on the serious rise again 73 out of every 100,000 people fresh cases l think judging by the last 7 day report l read most assuredly rising again since restrictions have been eased. Deaths isn’t as high, 66 in every 28 days or so, but interestingly the highest cases are amongst a much younger age demograph.

        5. I’ve heard that as well. Younger people are getting ill more now. It’s in the nature of a virus to mutate again and again. The restrictions have been lifted too soon in UK. There’s still need to be vigilant.

        6. Totally agree with you Sadje, sadly however and this is where l personally believe Western cultures have become arrogantly stupid and flippant alike – people are now more so than ever disregarding personal health.

          This whole ‘We are being turned into governmental slaves! Nonsense is bordering on complete ridiculousness – people obviously are more concerned about losing their freedoms than they are of dying ………….. mm, laughable again at the irony there given deep thought l would say.

          The 18 – 24 and 5 – 12 age groups are the ones amongst the highest demographs for becoming infected.

          I am one for life needs to move on, but l am still one for caution should not be thrown into the wind as many seemingly are thinking, performing and actioning.

          Why/how people don’t understand the importance and severity of this covid is frightening and baffling alike.

        7. I don’t understand this either. The fear of death and sickness should make people more cautious and not stupid.

  3. I respond with any and all of the above. Sometimes a smile. Sometimes a nod or a wave. But always something that’s like this …:)

  4. I smile at or greet, with a Hi or hello or good morning/afternoon, anyone who makes eye contact with me. And since I don’t walk around with my eyes downcast, that’s just about everyone. Why wouldn”t I?

  5. In the small town where I grew up, saying hello, or at the very least smiling, was common. In the city where I live now, it’s less common. In my neighbourhood, it’s even less common. The neighbourhood has a large population of relatively recent Chinese immigrants, and as far as I know, that’s just not a typical cultural practice for them.

    1. Wow, the Chinese here – we also have a large residency locally – are very friendly. When l lived in Malaysia, l found the Chinese and Malays very friendly also, but l guess it might stem from the environment they are in and how used to everyday cultures they have become accustomed to and adopted easily.

  6. All of the above, depending on the energy of the moment. There are two life-lessons that influence my response. One is that a stranger is but a friend I haven’t met yet. The other, either they have a message to share with me, or I with them. That message can simply be an acknowledgement of their existence. A smile, a nod, or a wave says, “Hello! You are important enough for me to let you know I recognize your existence.” That simple acknowledgement may make all the difference in someone’s life. 😊

  7. I try to read the people I see. If they are consciously averting me, I let them be. If they give the slightest peek at me, I smile, nod, or wave. If they greet me first, it is easy to respond in kind.

    1. Hey Geoff, yes very much so … l have noticed here at times some people have become very distant to acknowledging people and l think that is influenced by the pandemic, whilst others are grateful for any kind of humanj contact 🙂

  8. I ignore all of human beings except for those who are walking their dog. I will smile at them (the human), and ask if I can pet their dog.

  9. I smile and greet people I know. People I don’t know, I usually don’t acknowledge because these days it can be taken the wrong way. Today is my birthday so I am celebrating with Dancing in the Streets in my post I just released. 🥳

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