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The older I get, the more cynical I think I become.

I have decided to go on a personal mission to change America and our attitudes. We are forgetting how to be nice and simply wave or smile at each other.

We are so different when we go on a vacation. People will wave or say hi or hello when you walk past. Sometimes, human beings will wave or smile when they drive past you in their car.

What happened? Are we too busy to be courteous? Are our cell phones or iPhones in the way? Are we too busy looking down at them, rather than looking at people and acknowledging their existence?

I miss that vacation attitude when I am home and just going through life. I don’t want to just be nice when I am out of town. I truly enjoy it when you walk past someone and they look at you, smile and say hello. It is just a moment in time, which could make the difference in someone’s day. We are the only creatures on earth who have the ability to laugh, so we should do it more often.

I know that most of you are going to agree with me on this next point, but few people will readily admit it. Don’t you get a little bothered when you hold open the door for someone at a restaurant or retail store and they don’t even bother to look at you or at least say thank you? Sometimes, I get so irritated I say, “You’re welcome,” just so they know that it is just common courtesy to at least say something or even give a thank-you wave.

Here is the plan. You will need to either email this article to someone else or just get one of those wristbands that remind you to smile and wave. Repeat after me: “I ____promise to wave hello or at least smile toward another person when I walk past them or really near them."

I think this could work. We have to try it as a team and we don’t need T-shirts that say “team” on them, either. It should be about a two-year project. Now, if one of you out there feel creative and want to make a YouTube video on this subject, go ahead, and you do not need my permission. If it goes viral, even better. Who knows, you might even get to be famous or elected to a public office.

So to wrap up, “Go team, smile, wave, acknowledge people, make their day, go for it, be all you can be, fight, win one for the Gipper” and all that other motivational stuff.

Hal Becker is a nationally known speaker on sales and customer service. He is the author of numerous business books including two national best sellers “Can I Have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?” and “Lip Service.” Hal’s newest book on sales is titled “Ultimate Sales Book.” He can be reached at


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