I've noticed lately, at least in my neck of the woods, that people seem to be less friendly than they once were. Maybe it's the economy, unemployment situation, or any number of other things. Everyone I know is under more stress than normal, but does that mean we have to become rude to those we encounter?
Does it hurt to show some kindness and let someone with a few items go ahead of you in the grocery line instead of waiting for you to empty your overflowing cart? Does it hurt to let a car in front of you when you are stuck in traffic anyway? Even if I don't always receive a thank you for my small acts of kindness, it makes me feel good inside.
Sometimes just a friendly smile can make a world of difference to someone having a bad day. I'll still be kind to those around me even when my day isn't at its best because I'm a firm believer in Karma.