For example, the last week of work has involved training for the new computer system coming it - and it gets boring and a little stressful. And people just have no fun. And it isn't fun stuff, really, but I try to make everyone have a good time. If I just sit there and mindlessly nod my head, the people around me will probably follow suit. And be bored for the next four hours... but instead of doing it, I shout out really obvious answers with enthusiasm, or I answer an obvious question in the exact wrong way (for example, they drill into our head that the answer to every question is right clicking, so when the instructor asks what we are supposed to do, I of course will answer "LEFT CLICK!"). It sounds a little stupid, but it makes people have a better time, and hey. No harm.
So if smiling does no harm, and actually makes other people happier - why not do it more often? Why not spread some joy to the joyless?
I have become way less shy the last few years, and it really amazes me how much you can influence other people's moods - just by smiling and be goofy. When you walk into a store and a person asks you for help - that is their job and they probably feel uncomfortable asking you in the first place, so why would you make them feel even more uncomfortable? If you could use help, just let them help. There is no harm, and it probably makes your stop to the shop much easier...
Another personal example: I was at a conference, and we had to say our name/job/location/favourite hobby (and the hobby was added to make the introductions more fun - and the instructors were really trying to inspire people to have fun with it)... but no one was answering fun hobbies, it was all "i dont have a hobby" "uhm. golf" and you could tell the instructors were disappointed, but they couldnt do anything about it because they were on a different level than the people at the conference. It is hard to influence people when you are in charge (because you are "telling" them what to do, and people don't always respond to that).
So I went "and my hobby is (in a monotone)....... JUSTIN BIEBER!" and the room exploded into laughter, and believe it or not - the responses got more and more goofy after that. Felt pretty awesome.
People love to be surprised. And people love to be smiled at.
The best part of this, is that amazingly, it makes you feel really good, too. Happiness is so contagious - and yet everyone seems so hesitant to spread it. Just, be yourself - and share the love whenever you can. You will be AMAZED where it gets you in life.
and I know, I get a little loud.
and I know, I'm never going to fake it.
I am wild. I am free. I am more than you think - so call me a freak.
But that's just the way I roll.