As research suggests that going out and just having random small encounters with strangers is good for your health, what was a recent random encounter/interaction you had with a stranger?

As research suggests that going out and just having random small encounters with strangers is good for your health, what was a recent random encounter/interaction you had with a stranger?

What do you think?

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  1. This isn’t recent, but more like 20 years ago. When I was in college once every couple of weeks I would go to a nearby flower stall and buy a bunch.

    I would then ask the seller to pick a couple of random people for me, and I would head over and give them a couple of flowers. I wouldn’t stick around, I’d just head back and watch them go about their way.

    Without fail, every time, it made people smile and they held onto them.

    I should probably do that again.

  2. I stopped by the reduced section in Walmart to see what junk I can fill my 19 yr olds new apartment with. Lady was looking at dog stuff and had a 5 minute conversation about how she fosters dogs.
    My 16 yr old was looking for me in that time and I got a reprimand for being easily distracted(wandering to clearance isle) and that I need to stop starting random conversations with people.

  3. We were in Paris recently and were watching the Euro final between England and Germany playing at a pub outside, and my wife burped quietly and so I joked about her being so polite in Paris because usually she just unapologetically lets them out when we are out at places like this, and she said it was because some of the guy german fans there will just yell schulz and hit their heads or something because her german friends kept doing that whenever she burped when she was studying abroad in Europe during college.

    And I was like no they will just look back and think it was me and/or be surprised when they see it was you and then go back to what they were doing, and she was like ‘ok watch’ and belched obnoxiously loud and then a group of drunk germans guys at one table near us looked back and yelled ‘Schulz!’ lol

  4. Conversations with strangers are the best. Not overly long, no commitments necessary, no follow-up needed.

    Just a few cheerful words exchanged and then back to business as usual.

  5. My Dunkin lady handing me my iced coffee. She asked if I wanted a straw with that or not and she also gave me double the amount of hash browns that I ordered

  6. Was shopping with my husband and ended up striking conversation with someone who commented on our selections. We made small talk for a bit and made some local recommendations to him, as he said his family was new to the area.

    It was a pleasant conversation but ended when he tried to recruit us for his online business, which was clearly a pyramid scheme.

    10 min later we ran into him again trying to recruit some other poor fellow near the socks aisle.

    Wish it wouldn’t have ended on a sour note. He seemed like a nice guy.

  7. Me and my brother went up to Montreal from New Hampshire yesterday to watch a CFL game. We ran into an 18 year old kid also from NH just over the boarded who was going up solo for the weekend because his buddy bailed on him. We got to talking and exchanged numbers and he joined us for the game and then got dinner with us before going out separate ways. Was a lot of fun and completely unexpected.

  8. Years ago me and my friends while on vacation would just dare ourselves to do random things. Like go out and get a picture with a bald person. Tell a joke to a stranger. It was a lot of dumb things that a quiet person like me dreaded doing. But forcing myself to do the stuff really helped break me out of my shell.

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