Yesterday, David left a comment with this wonderful story:
I would like to share a practice i started when my company moved the office to a new building a couple of years ago.
When i first arrived in the building i met a serious security gard that looked me like asking: “Who are you? and Where are you going????… I said good morning and entered the elevator…. Next day i planned and started playing an experiment to see how a smile would change the reaction of the man.
When I entered the building I looked at the man and wished him a good morning with a sincere big smile, in fact I meant that… and that made him change his serious face to a grin.. and wished me back a good morning…
I have been doing “the big smile experiment??? ever since and has become and anchor….. every time i get to my office i enter the building wishing Good Morning! with a sincere big smile.. and that makes me start the day with smile in my face.. and in my heart..
And the relation with the security guard is great.. we chat for a moment when we run into each other….. making my day, and i hope his, more enjoyable.
As the result was so good.. i have added this practice to my every day life.. and try to give away sincere smiles to whom ever I found…
Good Morning!! :-)))
That rocks, David! I previously blogged about saying a friendly good morning, and I still believe it’s one very simple, but sadly overlooked way to make yourself and others happier at work.
How about you? Don’t you hate it, when you come in in the morning, and no one even acknlowledges your presence? How do you greet others in the morning?