Нет ограничению улыбок

Если бы Вы шли по улице своего района с поднятой головой и приветливым выражением лица, сколько прохожих улыбнулось бы Вам, или поприветствовало бы Вас?

Улыбка - универсальный человеческий обычай, в то же время готовность улыбаться незнакомым людям в разных культурах - различна. В Австралии, где не принято быть открытым и дружественным по отношению к незнакомым людям, в городе Порт Филип, который расположен в заливе недалеко от Мельбурна, были наняты несколько добровольцев, чтобы узнать, как часто люди улыбаются прохожим. Были использованы специальные знаки, похожие на дорожные знаки ограничения скорости, которые сообщали пешеходам, что они находятся в так называемой зоне «10 улыбок в час».

Легкомысленная ерунда, скажете Вы? Трата денег налогоплательщиков? Мэр Джанет Болайто говорит, что использование знаков – это попытка заставить людей чаще улыбаться или говорить друг другу «Добрый день!» – стандартное австралийское приветствие – как соседям, так и незнакомцам, которых люди встречают на улице. Улыбка, добавляет она, заставляет людей почувствовать себя более связанными друг с другом и чувствовать себя в большей безопасности, таким образом, уменьшая страх перед преступностью – важным элементом в качестве жизни многих районов.

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