The Power of the Elevator Greeting

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Today I was humbled by just the simple act of being polite. The building I now live in is exceptionally quiet but the people are very friendly. I have been pleasantly surprised by the absence of stubbornness and the open invitation to just being kind.

I find that if you live in a building, the elevator is the one spot where you will be forced to spend a few moments with strangers in a confined space, but all with a common goal: embarking on a brand new day to face the corporate world and tackle life’s challenges head on.

I find that spending those few moments exchanging a friendly smile and eye contact can do wonders for your morning mood. What is even nicer is when they make a point to actually say “hello” or “have a good day”to you.

Today, I was warmly greeted by a lady in the elevator who then wished me a good day as she went to her car in the parking garage. Then coming back up the elevator in the evening, I was greeted by yet another kind lady who exchanged a warm glance with me and then wished me a good evening as I was leaving the elevator.

It just shows the measure of a person’s character to have enough kindness in their heart to wish a stranger well. You never know what someone might be going through, and that simple act of kindness could be just what someone needs to brighten their day.

This is something I’m just not used to, but I’m definitely not complaining! It’s incredibly refreshing to see such small acts of kindness among strangers – all going about their own lives, but all the while having good intentions for the people around them.

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