06/01/2015 09:37 am ET Updated Jun 01, 2015

Why You Should Talk To Strangers

Last week I was walking down a busy Manhattan street. At a crossing while waiting for the walk signal I gently turned to the woman next to me who was wearing a colorful and interesting outfit, smiled, and here's how the conversation went:

Me: "I like your outfit. It's good to see people wearing color as we get into Spring".
Woman: (She didn't say a thing verbally but gave me a look as if to say): "Why are you talking to me?! If you come any closer I'll kill you."
Me: "Geez, sorry to bother you. You know, it's actually OK to be friendly to strangers."
Woman: "F. U. A- hole."

We then carried on with our separate commutes.

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