Thursday, September 14, 2006

I'm starting a revolution

(whisper) "Smile. Pass it on."

I had a revelation on the train today. If you barely smile - just raise your lips slightly - the person sitting across from you notices. And, barely perceptably, that person's lips slightly rise. Smiles are catchy. But they're scary to do, especially when the person sitting next to you might be a serial killer. So I decided to start a revolution (when I have the funding).

I'm going to print out business cards that have nothing but a smily face and the above four words on them. I want to hand them out. There doesn't have to be any interaction, just the handing of a card to a person, and then leaving. People do it all the time for bars, passing out paper that just gets thrown on the floor...so why not for emotions? It has to be passed on, so hopefully too many won't get thrown out. And it's something that touches people, I think, so hopefully they'll actually pass it on!

So...if any of you have the funding and the guts to do it, you can take the credit - but start it!

10 comments:

Scraps said...

You should do one of those online business card printing things, where the cards are free and you just pay shipping and handling. It comes out pretty cheap, in the end.

Human Bean said...

really nice idea! maybe print them out yourself for starters? with little sayings on them... the ideas got loads of potential!

smb said...

I think it's a great idea. I'm thinking about doing it with a small square sheet of stationary, and drawing the smiley and the words 'pass it on'. Thanks

TRW said...

Scraps - The problem is that just now I have negative funds...IY"H soon, soon. :)

Human - Hmmm..that's a good idea also...for now I'm just giving the physical smile - but same gender only - I don't want people getting any ideas...;)

smb - You do it, I'll support it! Go for it!

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Being positive and joyful can indeed be catching! YOu have a great idea here.

Shana tova, and may the year 5767 be sweet and healthy for you and yours.

Düdie said...

Give me your address, I'll send you card.

Düdie said...

.er, cardS. One of my many businesses.

This is so important in New York where nobody is happy. I'm the only guy smiling on the subway, and walking non-chalantly down the street, sometimes humming, or singing to myself. My brother pointed out to me, when coming off a plane arriving in NY, you won't see anyone smiling (except me perhaps) but you see them smiling when leaving NY and landing in other cities. Smile cards it is. Shall we buy the domain for people to order their own smile cards?

Dudie said...

This reminded me of you. Thought you might like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPPKSWSPP1E

TRW said...

Dudie - I love it!! It made me smile. I don't think I'd do that...a little too physical for me, but the concept is great!

Dudie said...

Especially with all the negiah issues...