Call it a direct effect of the lovely, summery weather, but yesterday I noticed that in general central Londoners seemed a lot happier!
Considering London is notorious for having a population of rude snobs, somehow I managed to pass three people on my way to work who were smiling to themselves as they were walking. And it wasn’t in a creepy way, it was in a genuinely happy way!
There’s something oddly endearing about seeing a person smiling to themselves and I found myself inventing scenarios in my head for what could have made them so contented. The twenty-something-year-old must’ve be on her way to meet a new guy she’s dating; the middle aged man must’ve just got a call from his wife saying that their son spoke his first word a few minutes ago. Yeah I have an over active imagination, I know!
Strangely, seeing someone else walking around in their own little bubble of joy gives you the urge to smile too, it’s contagious! And it made me think of times when I too have been wrapped up in my own little world after getting a nice text or call from someone. Things like that can make your day and even though they may seem insignificant to the average Joe, you can’t actually wipe the grin off of your face in that moment.
And you’ll find that when you’re in such a state of elation sometimes people will smile back at you and join you in your bubble of joy. Other times however, they’ll look at you like you’re insane, as if you’ve just broken loose from a mental asylum! At the end of the day though, it’s nice to know that sometimes we just can’t contain our happiness even if we may try to and so every now and then the world truly seems like a bright and cheerful place 😀