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An Experiment In Kindness

January 14, 2013

Have you ever spent the day smiling at everyone you meet? Or even everyone you see on the street? Scared you’ll look kinda crazy? Well on Saturday I was in a particularly good mood and just could not stop grinning! Hey – why would I want to anyway? But the thing is – I also just couldn’t stop grinning at people – everyone! I wanted to smile at each and every human being (and dog and cat and mouse) that walked my way.

After a while I started to treat it as an experiment in kindness: ‘Hmmm, I wonder what people’s reaction will be – when I really smile at them‘.

And I mean, really smile – genuinely into the core of their being.

What happened?

It freaked most people out. Now let me just tell you, this has happened before – I’m pretty sure you must have experienced a similar thing: you smile at someone in the street and they look at you as if you are weird, then you feel embarrassed or angry.

But this day was different – I felt exactly the same!


I kept on smiling and I added to that my inner wish for everyone else to feel happy too. I felt completely unaffected by whether the other person smiled back or not – either way, it didn’t matter.

Care to join in?

Let’s make tomorrow (or today if you wish) An Experiment In Kindness and get back to me to tell me how you got on.

Have a Smiley Day 🙂

Matt Chase


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  1. I’m smiling now cause this is a beautiful post…… And a great reminder….. 🙂

  2. Really good post … it is all about BEING the change you want to see in the world … DAILY! It is an amazing journey when you begin with such simple delights like a SMILE !!!

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