Many people appear to have forgotten what it means to be polite. I find it extremely frustrating when I am riding the Cruiser, or even swiping for a meal at Frank/The Coop/The Edge and students just ignore the person who is working—as if they are below them. This is not true. THIS IS A LIE.
Just because you go to Colgate, a very prestigious liberal arts school in the middle of nowhere, New York, does not mean that you are better than the people who live in the middle of nowhere, New York. Maybe they do not frequent Europe, the Bahamas, Hilton Head, or New York City. But they are people. And they are the people who you rely on every day to keep your day going smoothly. What if Jean just stopped swiping cards? What if Tommy and Phil didn’t feel like making omelets? What if Brent didn’t make any more pizzas? They are people. That doesn’t mean that because they are in a uniform or because they see you every day that you can treat them like they work for you. Because they don’t. They work for Colgate. And it is their choice to show up every day and make your life easier. God knows they don’t have to.
I’m not asking you to make them your best friends, (although I love being BFFs with people in Frank, they are AWESOME!) but just to appreciate what they do for you. Even if you are too scared or think you are too pretentious to say hello, at least understand that they are making a big contribution to the way your life runs whether you want them to or not. But I think a hello, or even a smile, is not unreasonable.
Here are some things that other people think are reasons to smile: (http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongbeauty/tp/smiling.htm)
1. Smiling Makes Us More Attractive
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
3. Smiling Is Contagious
4. Smiling Relieves Stress
5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
A smile, or even a hello, can make someone’s day better. This is a cliché for a reason. Because it’s true. Whether you believe it or not, if you smile more often, the people around you will smile more often, which mean more people overall will just be happier. This makes the world a better place.