Saturday, July 9, 2011

{join me} smile at a stranger today!

I've been working on a new project.  It started out as something just for me, but perhaps you'd like to join  me?


In a nutshell, I've been leaving notes that say "Smile At A Stranger Today" on the NYC subway.  I leave them on the seats, taped to the walls, anywhere I can.  Everyone is so serious these days, I'm just trying to lighten things up and bring some smiles back into it!

smile at a stranger today

more "smile" notes left behind.

Maybe you'd like to make a note and hang it in a public place?  It doesn't have to be on the subway--it could be on a lamppost, at the mall, in a restroom.  Or maybe you want to hang one on your mirror, you know, just as a reminder to yourself!

181 Street Station

For more details and photos check out my mini blog Smile At A Stranger and my flickr group.  I'll be doing this all summer and I'd love to spread the smiles around!

smile button 

32 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

Very cool project - do I get bonus points if I give them high 5? :)

LB said...

I love this!!! I'm totally in! I don't "flickr" much but I'll post it on my blog and show you some Link Love ( I already do, you're on my main page) :) This really is an awesome idea and something I try to do daily, but to remind other people is such a wonderful way to spread the love.

missing moments said...

Awesome idea! Smiling away over here!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Awww, what a sweet idea. I'll have to chew on this. I don't go anywhere -- and I don't think my chickens can log on to your blog without help. Or smile, for that matter. ;)

Annika said...

Great project! What happens when you smile at strangers. Do they smile back?

Dorian Susan said...

What a sweet and wonderful idea. The cool thing is you have the potential to make someone's day....and perhaps get some smiles back in return. Love it.

Virginia said...

I'm kinda hoping I find one of these :)

Amanda ~ Blue LaReve said...

Love, love, love this idea!!!! Count me in!

Kat Sloma said...

Huh, and here I was back in the US thinking that people smile and say hi so much more here than in Italy! But maybe it's also the big city anonymity rather than the small town friendliness. Or maybe it's me speaking the language (both verbal and body) so much better here...

SpilledInkGuy said...

Speaking of smiles...
that shot of the orange seats is spectacular...
amazing vibrance/contrast...

AB said...

A great idea!

olivia said...

what a cool idea, I will join!!!

Anna said...

Very fun and uplifting project! I know that a smile from someone I don't know makes me thing - Wow, the world is filled with kind and friendly people. It's a good feeling!

Andrea said...

what a great idea! love it! made me smile just reading this post. :)

Fashion Addict said...

That's really a great idea and I think a lot of people will really appreciate this project you're starting!

Btw, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog and I would love it if you entered!

justine said...

a great idea, love these shots just not sure I could do it in London!

Clare B said...

This is such a great idea. If nothing else it'll make the person who sees it smile :)

LB said...

I've started...Check out my post

http://every-daydreamer.blogspot.com/

I'll try and get the pics up on flickr today!!

Again, I LOVE this idea (smile)

BrandNewStudio said...

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brandy-son Zen master flash said...

You are so awesome - I love this idea!

Anika said...

Great idea Christy!! Love it. It really is a contagious thing...and makes a huge difference in someone's day...or our own ;)
Love it! I'm on board.

Anika said...

PS- love that shot on the subway!

Krystal said...

i will do it on the train!

gina said...

Wonderful! I did something similiar a couple of years ago with a "happiness guerrilla" group -- it was so much fun!

Christina said...

this is too cool for school! i love this.

Kim TB said...

love it! i just may have to join you! you brought a smile to me already. Kim

camaca said...

Love this idea!
I have no time now, but I'm gonna keep in mind to copy it here in Barcelona!

Delhibound said...

cool beans. totally in. will be participating in encouraging smiles in Delhi, India! (will blog it in August --- you going to be doing this for awhile?)

Delhibound said...

so happy this will continue all summer - will definitely jump in for August ... and because I'm too lazy to jump back up, your series of windows on the train is wicked! Keep it up!

Mama Shutta'Bug said...

I love this! I think that the handwritten "smile" notes would get my attention far more than the preprinted cards would. It would make me think that someone actually took the time to care enough to make a sign, and I'd be impressed. We don't have anything like public transportation where I live, so I'll just be a cheerleader! :)

Kristin - The Goat said...

I kind of got lost in your blog - thank you, it's been enjoyable!! I smile at people all the time. I never thought about it much, not enough to think to remind folks to do it, but what a great idea!

I'm loving your photos and musings. Enjoy your August break. I'll be back again :0)

Kristin _ The Goat

Delhibound said...

started!

http://delhibound.blogspot.com/2011/08/teeny-tiny-notes-smile-campaign.html