Today, the CEO of our company put the following on LinkedIn….
‘Smiles and hellos are free, amazing it is not given out more often.’
This really stuck with me the entire day. Because it is amazing how true it is. I am a transplant from the Midwest, and one thing I have noticed as long as I have lived here in California is this very thing. There are so many times where I have said ‘hello’ and the person I have said it to almost looks offended. I suppose some if it is cultural maybe?
It does amaze me that this statement is so true. When new Mom and I take the little guy out for a walk or a bike ride we try to greet everyone we come across. Their responses vary, but more often than not, we get a strained smile (like it is painful for them to provide a friendly hello back) or nothing at all. How hard is a simple courtesy of a ‘hello’ with a smile?
As a dad I want to raise my son to be respectful of others as well as polite. So I will continue to set the example for him by saying hello, and trying to smile as often as possible while teaching him to do the same.